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  • Lean data centres try to turn down the heat

    Data centres are notoriously energy hungry, with a large pod drawing as much power as a small town.
    National Australia Bank's data centres, for example, draw around 22 per cent of the total of all the energy consumed by the bank, including its branches.

    Written by Helene Zampetakis04 June 08 22:00
  • Trade Me hits zero with carbon emissions

    Trade Me has achieved its target of carbon neutral status before the middle of this year, says the company’s chief executive.
    Jon Macdonald, who announced the company’s goal in the CIO cover story in February, says Trade Me worked with Deloitte and Landcare Research for the project.

    Written by Divina Paredes02 June 08 22:00
  • Carbon cop-out

    A report on cutting Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 5 per cent by 2015 has been branded "a network solution looking for a problem". The report, Towards a High-Bandwidth, Low-Carbon Future: Telecommunications-based Opportunities to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, by analyst Climate Risk in conjunction with Telstra, claimed households would save $6.6 billion a year if its recommendations were adopted, and would contribute greatly to meeting Australia's obligations under the Kyoto protocol.
    Initiatives range from increased use of renewable energy such as solar panels to high-definition video-conferencing and decentralised business districts. More radical ideas include the use of mobile phone networks to facilitate a personalised transport system where mini-vans and buses avoid fixed routes.

    Written by Foad Fadaghi26 Feb. 08 22:00
  • Big future in cutting computers' carbon footprint

    A personal computer can generate 225 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of two round trip Sydney-Canberra flights, by some estimates.
    There is little doubt that for organisations with thousands of personal computers and big data centres there is a significant carbon footprint from running the computers and cooling the data centre. Exactly how big the footprint is remains unclear.

    Written by Beverley Head14 Nov. 07 22:00
  • Carbon footprints revealed

    The Investor Group on Climate Change, Goldman Sachs JBWere and The Climate Institute, launched the Carbon Disclosure Project Report 2007 (CDP5) in October. For the second year, the largest 100 Australian and 50 New Zealand companies are included in the global CDP process, which highlights how companies are responding -or not responding - to the challenges of climate change and how they compare globally.
    Larger companies were more responsive about their actions in response to climate change; 74 per cent of the S&P/ASX 50 gave an answer to the CDP5.

    Written by Fairfax Business Media11 Nov. 07 22:00