sustainable-development

Cost Sustainability Driver

Posted in leadership, sustainability, sustainable-development on March 18th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Leaders see holistic approach to sustainability where elimination of waste using lean methods will drive lower costs and carbon footprint. …

… “JOHNSON: Cost, not carbon, is the sustainability driver. The ideal is for us as global citizens to realize that pollution has a front-end as well as a back-end cost. Those costs have been pushed off onto the environment by both producer and consumer. ” …

Via Metropolis Mag: Where From Here?

Google Sustainability Visibility

Posted in bill-weihl, google, perspectives, power-measurement, power-meters, reduce-power-consumption, sustainable-computing, sustainable-development, visibility on February 23rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google’s Bill Weihl shares his perspective on sustainable computing. …

… “That is in fact one of the big levers for getting people to reduce how much they use, is to find ways to make it more visible. ” …

Via iStockAnalyst: Google green energy czar

Bill Weihl

Nike Integrated Sustainability Performance

Posted in nike, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on January 24th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Nike integrates sustainability throughout its business processes from the factory floor to the design of its products. …

… “Sustainability is key to Nike’s growth and innovation, said Mark Parker, NIKE, Inc’s, President and CEO. Making our business more sustainable benefits our consumers who expect products and experiences with low environmental impact, contract factory workers who will gain from more sustainable manufacturing and our employees and shareholders who will be rewarded by a company that is prepared for the future. ” …

Via Nike: Sustainable Business

Green Advocates

Posted in advocacy, corporate-sustainability, environmental-social-governance, green-it-strategy, information-technology, integration, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on September 24th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Study provides insights in the sustainable thinking of mid-market leaders, where advocacy for green pursuits is integrated across lines of business and functions, such as information technology. …

… “Green Advocates (25% of companies in the study): These companies integrate environmental considerations into all areas of their business, including IT.” …

Via Industry Week: Midmarket Companies Green Strategies

Emerson Sustainable Data Center Strategy

Posted in city-st-louis, construction, data-center, emerson-electric, energy-efficiency, green-it-strategy, state-missouri, sustainable-development on July 28th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Emerson celebrates the opening of its green data center in St. Louis, Missouri and its technology applications will begin serving users in August. The data center power requirements are served by a rooftop solar array. …

Emerson opens its green data center in Missouri

… “The data center features a 7,800-square-foot rooftop solar array – the largest in Missouri. The more than 550 solar panels can generate 100 kilowatts of energy, or enough to power the average American home for more than three days. Emerson anticipates the center will have 99.982 percent uptime, which is critical for a company that has operations across more than 200 manufacturing locations around the world. In addition to energy efficiency, construction of the data center was completed with environmental responsibility in mind. Approximately 80 percent of the construction waste generated was diverted from landfills through recycling, and innovative design features enabled Emerson to save more than 2.5 miles of copper piping, minimizing the use of excess materials. ” …

Via Emerson: Global Data Center in St. Louis

Data Center Designs to BREEAM Standards

Posted in breeam, cooling-system, cost-benefits, design, reduce-power-consumption, standards, sustainability, sustainable-development, value on April 3rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Digital Realty Trust data centers
Digital Realty Trust adopts BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Bespoke datacentre standards for its future datacentres. …

… “Jim Smith, Chief Technology Officer for Digital Realty Trust, said: Adopting the BREEAM standards right at the beginning of the initial design stages will not only build in reduced running costs because the building’s insulation and cooling will be optimised, but in the longer term the value of the building can be expected to be higher than a comparable building which is not BREEAM accredited. ” …

Via Digital Realty Trust: BREEAM Sustainability Standards

IBM Sun Combo Green IT Perspective

Posted in green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, ibm, strategies, strategy, sun, sun-microsystems, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on March 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

An IBM and Sun combination would bring two strong sustainability strategies under one roof. …

… “IBM and Sun both have jumped into the green IT arena over the last few years, albeit from different angles. ” …

Via Business Week: IBM Takeover of Sun

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

Green IT Strategy

Posted in aberdeen, corporate-sustainability, green-it-solutions, green-it-strategy, research, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on February 14th, 2009 by FrankM – 1 Comment

Aberdeen research sees increasing trends in green IT solutions and green IT strategy, driven by corporate sustainability drivers. …

… “IT has begun to examine its role in the larger organization relative to corporate responsibility and to implement strategies that not only decrease consumption and optimize performance, but also catalyze the proper management and achievement of overall corporate sustainability goals. ” …

Via Aberdeen Group: Green IT Ecosystem

Microsoft Sustainability Dashboard

Posted in carbon-footprint, dashboard, energy-consumption, microsoft, microsoft-dynamics, sustainability, sustainable-development on February 10th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Environmental Dashboard
Users of Microsoft Dynamics can take advantage of its sustainability dashboard to develop a baseline for their energy consumption and carbon footprint. …

… “The Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX centers on a customizable page titled My Role Center, which displays environmental information of relevance to the user’s organization. In a demo, metrics on this screen included Actual Energy Costs, KPI List, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and an Energy Consumption graph. ” …

Via eWeek: Microsoft Dynamics Dashboard

Sustainable Enterprise Initiative

Posted in fair-isaac, initiatives, marketing, sustainability, sustainability-initiative, sustainable-development on January 11th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Fair Isaac’s sustainability initiatives are discussed. …

SAP Global Sustainability Challenges Index

Posted in challenge, climate-change, environmental-social-governance, future, index, management, measurements, oekom-research, research, responsible-management, sap, sustainability, sustainable-development, water on September 21st, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

SAP is named to the Global Challenges Index, created by the Hanover Stock Exchange and Oekom Research as a sustainability measure for investors. …

… “The index is based on how companies address social and environmental challenges and is drawn from a universe of 900 companies worldwide. SAP continues to be one of only 50 companies selected for inclusion. The Global Challenges Index defines sustainability by focusing on seven future-oriented global challenges. They include climate change, provision of drinking water, sustainable forest management, biodiversity, population development, poverty reduction and support for responsible management (governance) structures. It further sets stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance criteria for the companies listed and identifies pioneers that use opportunities provided by global change. ” …

Via SAP: Global Challenges Index