1. Articles in category: Carbon Footprint

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    1. Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?

      Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?
      Twenty milligrams; that's the average amount of carbon emissions generated from the time it took you to read the first two words of this article. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. Now, depending on how quickly you read, around 80, perhaps even 100 milligrams of C02 have been released. And in the several minutes it will take you to get to the end of this story, the number of milligrams of greenhouse gas emitted could be several thousand, if not more. This may not seem like a lot: "But in aggregate, if you consider all the people visiting a web site and then all the seconds that each of them spends on it, it turns out to be a large number," says Dr ...
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    2. Data Center Efficiencies Wait in the Wings

      Data Center Efficiencies Wait in the Wings
      For companies looking to slash their carbon footprint and gain energy efficiencies, the IT data center is a logical first choice.From re-evaluating the equipment in place to complete overhauls in server strategy, companies are looking to the IT department to take up the slack in an otherwise down economy. Here are some areas to find savings within data centers. Hardware reassessment Taking a good, long look at a company’s actual needs, versus what kind of equipment is in place, can result in savings of 5-10 percent, according to research from Gartner Inc., reports SearchDataCenter.com. Unnecessary or obsolete equipment can be eliminated. Performing server “rationalization” can result in savings of $400 per server per year. Some of the newer chips are much more energy efficient and operate at higher tolerances for heat, allowing IT cold rooms to run a little warmer. Virtualization Using one server to run many ...
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    3. Developer pushes for data center in valley

      Developer pushes for data center in valley
      A Boston company wants to build a data center in the Menomonee Valley that developers say will use less energy, offer lower costs and help spur area economic growth. Source IT Energy LLC has been negotiating with land owners on two sides of We Energies' Menomonee Valley power plant near 10th and Canal streets, said Herb Zien, the company's Milwaukee-based senior vice president and chief development officer. It plans to sell or lease space to research organizations and businesses, Zien said. Once filled, the data center would have 48 units that would house up to 100,000 total servers, he said. The 75,000-square-foot "server farm" could be operating by the first quarter of 2011 if developers can get commitments to fill it by the end of August and don't run into delays for transformers, chillers and other heavy electrical equipment, Zien said. They have a "reasonable expectation ...
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    4. Geothermal Energy- A Two-way Proposition By Carol Wilson

      Geothermal Energy- A Two-way Proposition By Carol Wilson
      The quickest way for data center technology to gain credibility is for Google to adopt it. So when Google announced in 2008 that it was investing $10 million in three companies pursuing enhanced geothermal energy systems, interest in this form of powering data centers spiked. Geothermal technology is not new – it exists today even to heat and cool individual residences by using the relatively stable core temperature of the earth to regulate a home’s temperature. But geothermal powering at utility scale is a different animal.
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    5. EPA Announces Energy Star Homes Reach Nearly 17 Percent Market Share for 2008

      EPA Announces Energy Star Homes Reach Nearly 17 Percent Market Share for 2008
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that nearly 17 percent of all single-family homes built nationally in 2008 earned EPA’s Energy Star label, up from 12 percent in 2007. Both home builders and home buyers are continuing to invest in high performing homes that save consumers money on their utility bills and help protect the environment. “Every year more Americans decide to cut their energy bills and help keep the air clean in their communities by buying a new home that has earned EPA's Energy Star. Features like properly installed insulation, high-performance windows and high efficiency heating and cooling can reduce home energy needs by 20 to 30 percent, saving American families thousands of dollars on their utility bills," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
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    6. Sony Reduces Approximately 100,000 Tons Worth of CO2 Emissions through Use of Renewable Energy in FY2008 - Sony Europe Achieves 100% Renewable Energy

      Sony Reduces Approximately 100,000 Tons Worth of CO2 Emissions through Use of Renewable Energy in FY2008 - Sony Europe Achieves 100% Renewable Energy
      Sony Corporation is continuously working to increase energy efficiency in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of this effort, Sony is actively promoting the use of renewable energy. By implementing initiatives such as the Green Power Certification System and the introduction of solar power generation systems, Sony reduced its global CO2 emissions by approximately 100,000 tons in fiscal year 2008. Sony Europe has achieved independent certification that every facility with over 100 employees is powered by 100% renewable energy amounting to 190 million kWh or approximately 55,000 tons worth of CO2 emissions.
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    7. Chapter 1: Going Green in the Data Center

      Chapter 1: Going Green in the Data Center
      This chapter defines green, discusses the drivers for companies to build greener Data Centers, and presents the benefits a business can see from environmentally friendlier server environments. The chapter also outlines incentive programs that reward green efforts and recaps environmental activities that several major companies pursue today.
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    8. Parliamentary tech boss backs calls for gov't IT loans

      Parliamentary tech boss backs calls for gov't IT loans
      The leader of Parliament's IT committee has backed a consortium calling for a £1bn fund to stimulate investment in green tech and shared services. MP Andrew Miller, chairman of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (Pitcom), supported calls for the government to establish the fund, which would be used to loan money to central and local government organisations. The loans would be used by public sector bodies to invest in green technologies and would later be repaid using savings generated by the tech.
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      Mentions: CA
    9. Carbon labelling expands internationally

      Carbon labelling expands internationally
      The world’s first carbon label for consumer products is set to go global with the announcement today that Australia is to join the UK in using the Carbon Trust’s system. The Carbon Trust, an organisation backed by the UK Government, has signed an agreement with Planet Ark, a leading Australian environmental organisation, to establish its Carbon Reduction Label in Australia. The first products bearing the label are expected to hit Australian supermarket shelves in 2010. The Carbon Trust’s scheme was launched in the UK in 2007 and in less than two years has won the support of over 60 product manufacturers. The label now appears on more than 2,500 UK consumer products, from potato crisps to fruit juice, paving stones to bank accounts. Brands that have taken on the system include the leading UK supermarket chain Tesco, Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill bread and PepsiCo’s Walkers, Quakers ...
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    10. How green are you? Ecobot knows...

      How green are you? Ecobot knows...
      The Wall Street Journal recently opined that "the inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2," causing a greater number of scientists to question the science behind global warming. Whatever your opinion in the matter, it's certainly true that the world would be better off if we wasted less energy, which is what makes open-source Ecobot so useful. Ecobot tracks your carbon footprint (Credit: Taxi) While programs like Amee help businesses measure their carbon footprints, Ecobot offers a personal "carbon trainer" for Mac users. Designed by Taxi, a Canadian corporation, Ecobot is derived from Taxi's participation in the "Green for Green" competition. The program "calculates your carbon footprint by measuring the fuel, power, and paper you use," and, importantly, does a lot of this data aggregation automatically. ("Automatically" is good - heck, if we weren't so lazy, we probably ...
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    11. Are all renewable energy forms created equal? by Carol Wilson

      Are all renewable energy forms created equal? by Carol Wilson
      Each form of renewable energy – solar,wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and even biomass – has its advantages, but when it comes to powering data centers, not every renewable energy source has equal value. Until very recently, solar power was considered too expensive to adequately power data centers and it remains impractical except in areas where sunny days vastly outnumber cloudy ones. Just this week, i/o Data Centers made headlines by announcing its plans to put solar panels on the 11-acre roof of its new 538,000-square foot Phoenix ONE data center.
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    12. Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?

      Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?
      While organizations remain uncertain about the specific effects and requirements of future greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation and regulation, one outcome is certain: any law that puts a price on carbon will increase energy costs. To reduce vulnerability to energy cost increases, organizations must prepare now, and a comprehensive evaluation of energy use in facilities and real estate offers one of the best preparatory measures. Before carbon regulations hit, organizations need to accurately evaluate their real estate portfolios in order to understand their risk profiles and determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. In one of my earlier articles, I introduced the notion that existing buildings, not just new buildings, are critical to a low-carbon economy, and that technology strategies drive building efficiency.
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    13. IBM Achieves Record 10th Straight Number One Showing on TOP500 ...

      IBM Achieves Record 10th Straight Number One Showing on TOP500 ...
      For a record-setting tenth consecutive time, an IBM system holds the number one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab -- the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop) -- remains the world speed champion. IBM also declared its intent to break the exaflop barrier, and announced that it had created a research 'collaboratory' in Dublin, in partnership with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) of Ireland, which is focused on both achieving exascale computing and making it useful to business. An exaflop is a million trillion calculations per second, which is 1000 times faster than today's petaflop-class systems. The latest semi-annual ranking of the World's TOP500 Supercomputer Sites was released today during the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Results show the IBM system ...
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    14. IBM Delves Into Lithium-Air Batteries, Water-Cooled Supercomputers

      IBM Delves Into Lithium-Air Batteries, Water-Cooled Supercomputers
      The computing giant is researching lithium-air batteries, a technology with much promise but many challenges for commercial applications. Also in the works is a supercomputer cooled with water at the chip level – something IBM says could apply to broader data center cooling. IBM is busy looking for ways to make lithium-air batteries with 10 times the storage capacity of their lithium-ion cousins, and it has a Swiss supercomputer being cooled with water at the chip level – the technology could find its way into cooling data center servers and other IT equipment. Both projects announced Tuesday represent moves by the computing giant to get into more energy-efficient pastures, so to speak. In the case of its water-cooled supercomputer, IBM is hoping to find more efficient ways to cool the IT equipment. The equipment takes up about 2 percent of the world's energy. The project with the Swiss Federal Institute of ...
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    15. Ibm's Energy Efficient New Supercomputer Cooled by Water

      Ibm's Energy Efficient New Supercomputer Cooled by Water
      IBM today unveiled a new, first-of-its-kind high-performance computer (HPC) that will use water for cooling, as a way of cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from data centers. The new machine, which has been developed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), is called Aquasar, and the two organizations say it can decrease the carbon footprint of the system by up to 85percent and save up to 30 tons of CO2 per year, compared to similar existing systems. Aquasar will begin operations at ETH Zurich in 2010, cutting energy consumption by 40 percent and harnessing the waste heat to warm university buildings. The system will consist of two IBM BladeCenter servers in one rack and the company estimates it will have a peak performance of about 10 Teraflops.
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    16. The Environmentally Friendly Data Center

      The Environmentally Friendly Data Center
      The Environmentally Friendly Data CenterProcessor.com, NEThis is the second green data center for a university on which IBM has collaborated. Its first project with Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, netted an estimated reduction of 230 tons of CO 2 per year. With energy being the elephant in the ...
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    17. Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market

      Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market
      Boosted in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide significant funding for renovations to federal building, the total potential market for major green renovations in the commercial building sector is approximately $400 billion, according to a new study by Pike Research. Although currently a relatively small market, the market researcher forecasts that [...]
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    18. What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?

      What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?
      Start-up Planet Metrics is developing software that could give consumers a better read on the embedded energy of everyday products. The San Francisco-based company on Tuesday released the beta test version of its hosted application, which it calls Rapid Carbon Modeling. It also said Method, which makes eco-friendly home-cleaning products, is a customer. There are a number of companies writing software for calculating how much energy is linked to a business' operations and managing carbon emissions. Planet Metrics' software is geared at manufacturers and makers of consumer packaged goods. Using Planet Metrics' software, a person could, for example, see how much energy consumption is associated with procuring the components that make up a cell phone. With that information, a company can then look for ways to cut energy consumption, such as reducing waste or finding another supplier. The carbon footprint picture is built by combining a company's internal data ...
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    19. Why Oracle Wants Solaris

      Why Oracle Wants Solaris
      With its future apparently secure, the benefits of Sun's operating system become compelling. Dan Woods Oracle praised the Solaris operating system when it agreed to acquire its creator, Sun Microsystems, but the actual beauty of this fine piece of engineering was left unexplained. Here's a look at the advantages of Solaris for business computing and insights into what Oracle's long-term intentions may be for the operating system. No matter what your attitude is toward Oracle's products, management style and strategy, anyone running a large or small data center should breathe a sigh of relief now that the long-term viability of Solaris is assured. Without an acquisition by Oracle or Cisco ( CSCO - news - people ), Solaris might have been put on the proverbial shelf, a tribute to what the fine engineers at Sun could do back in the day. Article Controls EMAIL PRINT REPRINT NEWSLETTER COMMENTS SHARE YAHOO ...
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    20. Demo versus Retro by Doug Mohney

      Demo versus Retro by Doug Mohney
      Building a showcase energy-efficient data center from the ground up is all the rage these days. Fewer companies want to talk about retrofitting existing data center facilities to be more green. For instance, Holyoke, Massachusetts is the latest city to join the from-the-ground-up energy-efficient showcase list. The University of Massachusetts, MIT, EMC and Cisco are getting together to building a "world-class green research high-performance computing center." Western Mass would seem to be an unlikely place to put a data center, but Holyoke – 90 miles from Boston and 10 miles way from Springfield - has cheap and clean hydroelectric power available from the Connecticut River, a good start for building a green data center.
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    21. Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell

      Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell
      It’s no secret that companies today are facing mounting pressure from government agencies, media and the concerned public to take major steps in reducing the environmental impact of their traditionally power-hungry data centers. Their efforts range from implementing basic energy assessment programs and enacting green design initiatives to using more eco-friendly materials and seeking out new power sources. In today’s tough economy though, it can’t be just about going green for goodness sake. Smart companies are seeking out opportunities for environmental projects that also work to whittle away at the corporate bottom line. Search for an area of rising cost where a reduction has an overall environmental benefit to a company’s green portfolio. Energy is the most obvious example. As such, power consumption has become a popular target area for greening a data center, but as companies are finding out, it’s not sufficient on its ...
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    22. New Cooling Saves 45 Percent Of Energy At Data Centre

      New Cooling Saves 45 Percent Of Energy At Data Centre
      Oil explorers PGS get an efficient data centre. Is that so they burn less of the fuel they find? A new cooling system in a UK data centre has achieved a record efficiency score and 45 percent energy savings - using only well-established technology. The Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) centre in Weybridge, Surrey, has a PUE efficiency score of 1.2 as defined by the Green Grid. This means that for every Watt oil exploration company PGS gives its servers, only another 0.2W is needed for cooling, lighting and other overheads. It should save PGS 15.8kWh a year, and reduce the company's carbon footprint by 6,800 million tonnes of CO2. A PUE of 1.2 is a significant achievement given that most of today's data centres achieve only around 2.2, according to Mike West, managing director of Keysource, the company that built the centre. Although the ...
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    23. Keeping Things Cool In A Rack-Dense World

      Keeping Things Cool In A Rack-Dense World
      Cooling has grown in importance steadily over the past few years. Now, with budgets tightening, it is gaining further attention as data center managers seek to do even more with a whole lot less. “The current economy has resulted in delays in many new data center upgrade projects, so managers have to squeeze more thermal efficiency from their existing data centers,” says Paul Bemis, CEO of Applied Math Modeling (www.koolsim.com). Thermal Modeling In environments that are constrained by power or space limitations and are in need of better cooling efficiency, one technology that is gaining ground is modeling of the thermal environment. In addition to highlighting hot spots, it can graphically display areas of poor air circulation and even show where too much cooling is taking place. According to Bemis, there are three primary drivers at work on the energy efficiency front: a continuing increase in server density ...
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    24. Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon

      Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon
      U.S. firms produce from $60 billion to $80 billion worth of carbon annually but don't pay for it. What the carbon market could mean to investors. It is light as air, yet it weighs tons. It is vital to life, but it is considered an accelerant in the world's ongoing environmental tragedy. It costs nothing to make, yet paying for it will equal tens of billions of dollars a year. What is it? It is carbon, and its potential expense could one day make us all nostalgic for the halcyon days of subprime loans. Estimated costs for carbon vary, but no matter who does the math they loom large. Anant Sundaram, professor at Dartmouth University's Tuck business school, teaches a course called "Business and Climate Change" and gives a ballpark figure for carbon's financial impact on the Standard & Poor's 500. With an average price ...
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