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Japan cools on 2040 nuclear phase-out

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Minsters fail to endorse a report recommending the country switch off all its reactors in the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster The Japanese government yesterday stopped short of approving plans that would see the country phase out its nuclear power stations by 2040. Lawmakers only partially endorsed a report submitted by a cabinet panel…



A cloud’s carbon footprint

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A late August newsletter titled, “Will the Cloud’s Efficiency cut Energy (and Coal) Use?” raised my interest. The press release then answered the question with a long quote from an IEEE paper, “Green Cloud Computing: Balancing Energy in Processing, Storage and Transport,” by Jayant Baliga, Robert W. A. Ayre, Kerry Hilton, and Rodney S. Tucker,…



Investing in Green Technology for Fun and ……….

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I had double majors in college, Business Finance and Government.  I feel I put both to good use in a 33 year career in state government. I am especially proud of my 20 years as finance and budget officer for a State Environmental Regulatory agency that ranged between 250 and 320 employees and had annual…



HS2 may be on track for ‘significant’ carbon savings, report finds

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Extending high-speed rail beyond Birmingham would increase emissions benefits fourfold, but savings dependent on a green energy system The environmental case for the planned high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham has received a boost after a report yesterday found it could yield “significant” emissions reductions for the UK – as long as it is…



Report: Green datacentre market to top $45bn by 2016

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Companies looking to balance rising prices of electricity and real estate with increasing demand for more storage The market for green datacentres is set to be worth more than $45bn a year by 2016 as companies seek to balance rising energy costs, increasing demand for more powerful computers and environmental concerns, analyst firm Pike Research…



Tanning Tech to highlight latest green technology

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New technology, in all forms, is now recognised across the board as decisive not only in achieving production targets, which certainly contribute towards a company’s competitiveness, but also as a key factor for consistent quality standards for both the final product and process, which are equally vital to a tanners competitiveness. Tanning Tech 2012 will…



UK helps China map out low-carbon future

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China set to unveil its own version of government’s online 2050 Calculator tool this week A UK government delegation will this week travel to China to help the country and others replicate an online tool praised for furthering the debate on climate change and energy policy. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has…



E-procurement and cloud form centrepiece of government’s green IT strategy

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Department of Energy & Climate Change CIO Jennifer Rigby has said that e-procurement and cloud will drive the government’s green IT strategy. Rigby is also chair of the government’s green ICT delivery unit (GDU), a cross-departmental, pan-public sector body charged with driving both efficiencies and savings from public-sector IT.     “The GDU is all…