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  • Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action

    In a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

    Written by Reuters14 Oct. 19 07:03
  • Inside Ricoh's ‘intuitive’ building

    What is it like to work in a building with a five-star green rating? How does the shift impact the staff? A look inside the new headquarters of Ricoh New Zealand.

    Written by Divina Paredes26 July 15 15:00
  • 'Intelligent Grid' a 2011 energy focus

    Combining electricity supply with modern computer and communications technology to create an 'intelligent grid' will be a key focus of the utility industry in 2011.

    Written by Ross O. Storey09 Feb. 11 22:00
  • Greenpeace ranks climate change leaders and laggards

    Greenpeace has released the fourth version of its Cool IT Leaderboard and Cisco, Ericsson and Fujitsu ranked atop the list of 17 global high-tech companies.
    "The Cool IT leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change," notes the announcement. "The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how and political influence to bring about a rapid clean energy revolution."

    Written by Thomas Wailgum12 Dec. 10 22:00
  • Sustainable 60 finalists announced

    A large manufacturing company, a hotel chain and a boutique coffin maker are among the finalists in this year’s Sustainable 60 Awards.
    Sponsored by HSBC and Ricoh, the awards reward businesses for their commitment to sustainability. The categories include strategy and governance, workplace, marketplace environment and community. The winners will be announced at a cocktail function in Auckland on 1st December 2010.

    Written by CIO New Zealand18 Oct. 10 22:00
  • IDC: Dump old infrastructure to go green

    IDC is urging local companies to reduce carbon emissions by replacing or virtualising old IT infrastructure.
    Speaking at IDC's Intelligent Green conference in Auckland earlier this month, US-based ICT and sustainability senior vice president of research Vernon Turner said New Zealand could improve on its score of 21 points in the IDC Sustainability Index. The ranking is an indicator of how well a country has the capability to integrate ICT into its economy to manage and reduce carbon emissions.

    Written by Hamish Barwick11 May 10 22:00
  • Intelligent Green Conference 2010 on May 6

    Hear international guest speakers Vernon Turner, SVP Research: ICT and Sustainability, IDC USA and Professor Rod Tucker, Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, University of Melbourne address the role that ICT can play in terms of fulfilling emission reduction objectives.
    8.30-11.10 am, Thursday 6 May 2010

    Written by CIO New Zealand03 May 10 22:00
  • When CIOs demand sustainability from vendors

    Pamela Rucker doesn't want to spend money with IT vendors that waste water or energy, or that have large carbon footprints. After all, she says, as vice president of IT for environmental services firm PSC, it would be hypocritical to not hold vendors to high standards.
    When considering a deal with a software, hardware or services provider, Rucker demands to see its written policies governing sustainability. On top of that, IT staff might walk through vendor facilities to verify a company's green claims: How high heat density is in the data centre; how water consumption is minimized; whether renewable energy sources are used; how old computers are recycled. Rucker and team don't just take such claims at face value, they look for proof.

    Written by Kim S. Nash24 Feb. 10 22:00
  • G20 nations can use ICT to build a low carbon economy

    A new report from IDC highlights the role of information and communications tecnologies to curb almost almost 5.8 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2020.
    In addition to the results of the study, IDC released its first ICT Sustainability Index, in which the G20 nations have been ranked on their ability to reduce their CO2 emissions through the focused use of ICT. Japan received the highest ranking in the index. It aims to create a transparent ranking of the G20 industrial nations based on their CO2 emissions and their ability to manage the CO2 levels using ICT.

    Written by CIO New Zealand staff12 Dec. 09 22:00
  • Paperwork still rules the back office

    Most businesses buy supplies manually because of problems with automated purchasing systems, according to research to be issued next month.
    The Capgemini report says electronic systems intended to slash purchasers' paperwork are not widely used, despite being available since the 1980s.

    Written by Rachael Bolton17 Sept. 09 22:00