IBM recently ran a ‘Jam’ – an online discussion – on environmental sustainability and why it is important for CIOs, CEOs and CFOs to address it. The Jam involved thousands of practitioners and subject matter experts from some 200 organisations. It focused primarily on business issues and practical actions.
Take a look at the check list below and it becomes rapidly apparent, C-level management need to tackle the issue before it is foisted upon them.
IBM’s Institute for Business Value will fully analyse the 2080 Jam contributions, but this is the essential CIO checklist derived from comments made during the Eco-Jam.
Data centers are, thankfully, getting a lot of attention when it comes to making them more efficient. Considering that roughly 60% of the electricity used at a data center goes to keeping the servers cool, focusing on smart cooling tactics is essential. HP has taken this to heart and has opened it’s first wind-cooled data center, and it’s the company’s most efficient data center to date.
In this piece, HP claims that their data center is the world’s first wind-cooled data center – I’m not sure just how valid this is as I have heard BT only do wind-cooled data centers!
In response to an environmental lawsuit filed against the oil giant, Chevron has fortified its defenses with at least twelve different public relations firms whose purpose is to debunk the claims made against the company by indigenous people living in the Amazon forests of Ecuador. According to them, Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste in the Amazon between 1964 and 1990, causing damages assessed at more than $27 billion.
Indian mobile phone and commodity export firm Airvoice Group has formed a joint venture with public sector body Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam to build 13GW of solar and wind capacity in a sparsely populated part of Karnataka district in south west India.
The joint venture is budgeting to invest $50 billion over a period of 10 years, claiming it to be the largest single renewable energy project in the world.
Using coal for electricity produces CO2, and climate policy aims to prevent greenhouse gases from hurting our habitat. But it also produces SOx and NOx and particulate matter that have immediate health dangers.
A University of Wisconsin study was able to put an economic value on just the immediate health benefits of enacting climate policy. Implications of incorporating air-quality co-benefits into climate change policymaking found coal is really costing us about $40 per each ton of CO2.
A new campaign called 10:10 UK was launched today with the aim of signing up people, companies and organizations who will commit to reducing their carbon footprint 10% by 2010. The founder of this ambitious project is Franny Armstrong who also happens to be the Director of the new climate change film, The Age of Stupid.
Space-based solar plants are slowly gathering momentum with a Japanese project to develop a space solar plant that is capable of generating 1GW of power being announced. The project will be developed by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and IHI Corp. and will make use of a four square kilometer array of solar panels stationed 36,000km above the surface of earth.
The world is coming to Copenhagen in December for the UN COP15 Climate Conference. The media focus is intensifying the closer we get.
About a year ago I wrote a letter to various parties suggesting some good ideas about how Copenhagen and Denmark could profile themselves when the world comes to town. One of the ideas was to provide bicycles for the delegates who will be arriving from all over the planet. Making bicycles available to them, free to use, in order to show them how the bicycle is the ultimate symbol of sustainability and quick and easy transport in the Danish capital. My idea also included recruiting iconic Danish cycling girls to lead pelatons of delegates to and from the conference centre Bellacenter.
Ten London boroughs have won funding to develop “low-carbon zones” with schemes ranging from “energy doctors” to solar panels for schools and electric car charging points, London Mayor Boris Johnson said today.
HP today announced the HP Long Life Battery for its commercial notebook PCs, providing customers with an increased battery lifespan and reduced cost of ownership versus standard batteries. HP is offering the industry’s only three-year limited warranty on the long-life battery, when used with selected commercial notebook PCs, enabling customers to maximise their PC investment and reduce the costs associated with replacing batteries.
Getting stuck in traffic sucks. While traffic jams have an uncomplicated cause — too many dang cars — the solution isn’t quite so simple; there’s no getting away from them completely in the foreseeable future. While we wait for high-speed rail to come to the U.S., there’s some good news that can help cut back on time wasted in traffic jams and carbon emissions. According to a new study, cars equipped with GPS navigation systems with real-time traffic info can save American drivers a hefty four days — and 21 percent of their cars’ carbon emissions — a year.