Using green computing for improving energy efficiency

Green computing energy efficiency guide

A guide to choosing green computing for your IT department. Learn how and why you should consider improving energy efficiency techniques within your business.

Green computing is no longer just a white-wash expression, as government schemes like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme, the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) or the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), are encouraging companies to revaluate their use of IT resources. Finding new ways of improving energy efficiency is no longer a boardroom discussion, but a reality for many UK businesses.

This guide has been designed to help you improve overall energy efficiency, within the IT department, and implement the right green technology for your business.

This green technology guide covers green computing, government legislation and energy efficiency.

Table of contents:

Green computing and green technology

Green computing and green technology refers to the environmentally responsible use of computers and any other technology related resources. Green computing includes the implementation of best practices, such as energy efficiency central processing units (CPUs), peripherals and servers. In addition green technology aims to reduce resource consumption and improve the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste).

Green IT: How to deliver value to your business
As more IT professionals are put under pressure to ensure their IT investments are made in all the right places, a common goal is to review and possibly reallocate resources elsewhere. This mini guide reveals how to deliver green computing, improve energy efficiency, and measure the sometimes elusive value of green IT.

Green technology offers network managers cost-reduction and operational benefits
Reducing your carbon emissions and taming energy efficiency is no longer just an option. It is now an inevitable future of the 21st century business landscape.

Green computing tips and best practices
Learn about the latest green computing expert advice, news and tips, in this UK mini guide to greening your IT. Learn how to implement new green technology to enhance energy efficiency rates.

Green data storage technology survey: Green storage a priority for European storage professionals
Green data storage is at the top of the IT managers’ priorities list, according to our energy efficiency technology survey. Read what European storage professionals are implementing in terms of green technology.

Green storage essentials: Addressing power, cooling and space issues
In this guide to green storage you’ll find power-saving tips and storage energy efficiency metrics. This green technology learning guide explains how to tackle cooling, power and space issues within your storage infrastructure.

Government legislation

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme is designed to reduce carbon emissions, in the UK, by 1.2 tonnes by 2020. Through the use of green technologies the mandatory UK standard aims at improving energy efficiency through cutting UK carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The CRC covers all forms of energy – electricity, gas, fuel and oil – with the exception of transportation fuels.

CRC legislation drives demand for green IT skills
Companies will soon be forced to hire new staffs that are skilled in green technology due to the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme brought in recently. The scheme encourages companies to improve their energy efficiency levels.

Knowing which carbon compliance scheme you fall under
You might find this flow chart useful for finding out whether you will be affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme, the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) or the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). With more and more carbon compliance schemes, being introduced, it is important for businesses to look in to using green technologies for better energy efficiency rates.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme tutorial
There was industry spread confusion when the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) was introduced recently. For those that are still confused about energy efficiency, or those that are yet to read up on how the CRC may affect you, get the latest green technology, advice, news and tips here.

Will you lose profit through the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme?
According to this data centre management consultancy these practical energy efficiency steps, will aid you in finding out how the Carbon Reduction Scheme (CRC) will affect you. Find out new green technologies, under the scheme, and how you can make the most of it.

Improving energy efficiency

In Europe we have a voluntary initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of data centres through the use of more green technology. The EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres' Energy Efficiency focuses on two areas for improving energy efficiency; IT load (The amount of IT capacity available for the power that’s consumed) and the facilities load (equipment/systems that support the load, e.g. PDUs, UPSs) and cooling systems.

Service providers battle to reduce carbon footprint as data centres expand
According to the director of Verdantix, very few businesses have set themselves targets to boost energy efficiency levels. His paper suggests that suppliers offset their energy usage by purchasing renewable energy certificates from companies that provide green energy, such as wind and solar power. This looks like the company has reduced its carbon emissions on paper, without having to purchase any green technology.

GE goes Platinum with pioneering green data centre
GE’s data centre is one of the first in the world to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. The award is presented by the US Green Building Council for IT projects that go beyond standing codes, implement green technology, and create energy efficient buildings.

Energy saving tips: Reduce energy consumption with hot and cold aisles
These hot and cold aisle energy efficiency tips aim to help you reduce your energy consumption within the data centre. Take a look to see if you’re using a cooling technique that is wasting energy rather than saving it.

How to optimise CRAC units for best energy efficiency
CRAC units need to be a part of any energy efficient data centre plan. Read our tips on how to match the facility to the needs of the IT estates, select the right green technology, and optimise your CRAC units.

MAID 2.0 and disk spin down reduce energy costs
MAID 2.0 and disk spin down are prime technologies for improving energy efficiency and cutting your overall costs of storing your persistent data. Find out how this green technology can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

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