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Sustainability Organization Researches Green IT and Drives Carbon Footprint Reductions

Posted in accelerate, achievement, carbon-footprint, controls, emissions, energy-consumption, software, strategies, strategy, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on March 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP creates a Chief Sustainability Officer role and a sustainability organization that will provide oversight of the company’s ambitious goal to reduce its carbon footprint and enable customers to better manage their sustainable development. The CSO role will own development of sustainable business solutions for customers and will conduct research and development into green IT solutions that decrease the use of computing resources. …

… “In spite of the fact that SAP’s carbon footprint is usually smaller than that of organizations in other industries with similar revenue, the company is striving for significant reductions. After analyzing its global environmental footprint, SAP announced its commitment to a 51-percent reduction of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its year-2007 published baseline levels of 513,000t CO2 by year 2020. This will return SAP to its approximate year-2000 emissions level of 250,000t CO2. SAP initiated its first global GHG inventory in 2008 and will report performance and progress towards the target in its annual sustainability report. Using its own software solutions to monitor and manage its sustainability targets, SAP will achieve this reduction through significant abatement across all scopes of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool. The target will apply not only to SAP’s own direct emissions, but also to indirect emissions such as business travel, which was 42 percent of SAP’s total footprint in 2007. The company’s reduction plans are based on aggressive abatement targets across direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3 as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used international carbon accounting tool), allowing offsets to be applied only to major indirect emissions sources that are out of the company’s direct control. SAP will focus on abatement over offsets and will pioneer and use new technologies that accelerate the abatement of carbon. It therefore does not plan to offset direct emissions or emissions related to energy consumption. ” …

Via SAP: Sustainable Business

Virtualizing the Data Center for Green Returns

Posted in accelerate, alignment, capability, cooling-system, data-centers, ehs, green-it-strategy, green-technology, growth, power-management, space, sustainability, techniques, virtual-data-center on February 18th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data centers will accelerate the implementation of green technologies, such as virtualization, when sustainability objectives and profitability goals align. Multiple perspectives must be addressed to develop a green IT strategy, such as power, cooling, space, and environmental / health / safety. …

… “That is, most organizations do not have the luxury, time, or budget to deploy virtualization or other green-related technologies and techniques simply for environmental reasons — there has to be a business case or justification. Virtual data centers, regardless of whether new or existing, require physical resources to support a diverse and growing set of application capabilities while sustaining business growth. ” …

Via Greener Computing: The Virtual Data Center

Green Infrastructure 2.0

Posted in accelerate, automation, benefits, cisco, dynamic-infrastructure, green-data-center, growth, infrastructure, infrastructure-2, initiatives, it-project, payback, system-automation on December 8th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Cost reduction initiatives could accelerate the adoption of dynamic infrastructure technologies and have synergy effects on the growth of green data center projects. …

… “Cisco’s green data center initiatives could be given a sizable boost from dynamic infrastructure, because system automation would bring bigger payoffs. ” …

Via Seeking Alpha: Infrastructure 2.0

Redefine Green IT

Posted in accelerate, barriers, conservation, economy, energy-efficiency, green-it-strategy, industry-leadership, information-technology, leadership, power-conservation, sustainability on October 24th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

The economic downturn and the moderating of oil prices could conspire to derail the green IT movement. The information technology industry must lead in this space and continue to accelerate energy efficiency and sustainability in our endeavors. …

… “power conservation has an immediate effect — and tech has the tools and experience to make it happen. ” …

Via Eric Knorr, InfoWorld: Beyond Green IT

Information Energy Efficiency

Posted in accelerate, carbon-footprint, data-center, drives, efficiency, energy-capacity, energy-efficiency, footprint, power-efficiency, power-usage, storage-systems, storage-technology on August 18th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data storage capacity requirements are accelerating. This part of the data center has sigificant power needs that cannot be ignored. …

… “Most storage systems, which are composed of dozens if not hundreds of disks that are always on regardless of the need to retrieve data, represent the equivalent of perpetually idling an SUV in the garage on the off chance the owner might want to take a drive. ” …

Via Computer Technology Review: Information Carbon Footprint

Walmart Solar Roof

Posted in accelerate, energy-savings, operations, photovoltaics, pilots, plan, retail-industry, savings, solar-panels, solar-roof, walmart on August 12th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Solar Roof Installation
Retail industry accelerates the installation of solar power while US tax credits are in place. …

… “WalMart, the nation’s largest retailer, has 17 stores and distribution centers with solar panels in operation or in the testing phase. It plans to add them soon to five more stores. ” …

Via New York Times: Retailers Solar Energy Savings