Welcome to Carbon News Monthly for May 31st, 2010 where we find
out what others have been up to in the world of carbon-footprint-reduction.
A number of things going on in the "computer" world recently.
Google Getting Serious About Carbon Footprints
Google wants to bring down its carbon footprint. Efforts have been on a small scale though,
until recently. Google has invested 38 million dollars in a large scale windfarm project.
The extra power may be used to partially power one of their many data centres.
These two windfarms can generate as much as 169 megawatts of power. That is enough energy
to power at least 55,000 homes, it has been determined. These farms are located in the North
Dakota plains, and can use existing transmission capacity to deliver clean energy, and reduce the use of fossil fuels in the area. 190 million dollars has been secured in funding for this project.
Did you know that Google also uses solar power at its' Googleplex Headquarters?
This is the
corporate headquarters located in California. Recently, Google was granted a license to transact
electricity as a wholesaler.
Speaking of Google, Cisco is a networking giant that has bumped IBM from the top spot of
Greenpeaces' "Cool It Challenge."
This challenge is to IT companies to reduce their own
carbon footprint through innovation, and advocate for policy changes in the interests of business and the climate.
Greenpeace ranks companies on their push for green energy policies, abilities to reduce carbon footprints and greenhouse emissions.
By reducing energy consumption through strong office
management solutions, Cisco has managed to rank higher on the board. They also actively invest in climate solutions, while apparently, some others merely say they will commit, but have yet to do so.
Currently, the system ranks such companies as Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft,
Google, Nokia and many more.
And still in keeping with the world of computers, internet, and email, did you know that according
to McAfee, a popular anti-virus company, spam filtering reduces the equivalent of taking 13 million cars off the road per year?
Something I hardly give thought to in my computer activities daily,
but it all goes on and has effects in the background just the same.
In fact, if every inbox had a state of the art spam filter, individuals and organizations could
reduce todays spam energy by 75%, or 2.3 million vehicles off the road.
So, in case you didn't realize, there is alot going on we don't think about in terms of running computers, networks, email programs etc. daily.
Another reason to hate spammers, as it certainly adds up globally. Make every effort to reduce the spam coming into your home.
As others strive to do their part towards green living and carbon reduction improvements, let's still continue to do ours!
Until next time,