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Google Targets Zero Waste ‘Moonshot’

Google Targets Zero Waste ‘Moonshot’

Google has pledged to achieve zero waste in all of its global data centers. The company didn’t set a timeline for this goal, but says it defines zero waste to landfill as diverting 100 percent “to a more sustainable pathway with no more than 10 percent of it going to … Read more »

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Why Veolia’s Data Center Strategy Is Key to Shrinking its Carbon Footprint

Environmental Leader caught up with Veolia Water Technologies’ Brian Gamble to discuss how Veolia is using its data center strategy to advance sustainability goals by reducing the carbon footprint of its IT operations.

Microsoft

Meet Microsoft’s New Data Center Sustainability Chief

Microsoft has big plans for cloud computing. It wants to build “the most hyperscale public cloud that operates around the world in more regions than anyone else,” which involves big investments in data centers — and has the potential to exponentially grow Microsoft’s carbon and water footprints. In addition to … Read more »

Google, Amazon Underestimate Data Centers’ Carbon Footprints

Google, Amazon Underestimate Data Centers’ Carbon Footprints

Google and Amazon are among the companies using an obsolete tool to calculate their data center emissions from the electricity they purchase from the power grid, according to Lux Research. The research firm has developed a new analytical tool that finds data centers underestimate coal usage by 30 percent or … Read more »

Aligned Data Center

Water-Efficient Data Centers: a ‘Disruptive Solution’ to Drought

Data centers are a thirsty lot, guzzling huge amounts of water to support their cooling needs. A modest 1 MW data center facility can easily consume more than 4.4 million liters (1.2 million gallons) annually, according to Emerson Network Power’s Jack Pouchet from, who also sits on the board of … Read more »

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6 Environmental Threats to Data Centers

Unexpected events like power failure, flood and HVAC malfunction threaten large data centers and small computer rooms. So do fluctuating conditions like humidity and temperature. Monitoring technology company Sensaphone says early detection of events and out-of-parameter conditions can ensure 100 percent uptime and save thousands of dollars in equipment, time … Read more »

Sentinel

Remote Monitoring for Oil & Gas, Water Treatment Pump Stations

Monitoring technology company Sensaphone has introduced a cellular version of its Sentinel system that provides 24/7 monitoring of unattended equipment and remote locations where internet or ethernet connectivity is unavailable. When the Sentinel system detects a problem such as leaks, temperature changes and power outages, it immediately sends alerts by … Read more »

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Is the Cloud Drinking California Dry?

Silicon Valley data centers are working to reduce their water needs for cooling, following California’s mandated water restrictions — and a NASA prediction that the state has only one year of water left — according to a news story in the Guardian. The Green Grid, a nonprofit that promotes IT … Read more »

Project to Use Data Center Waste Heat to Farm Fish

An environmental attorney and geothermal expert plans to redevelop an 8-acre brownfield in Ohio into a sustainable commercial sea bass farm that uses waste heat generated by an underground data center. The Foundry Project in will recycle waste heat generated from an underground data center and then use it to … Read more »

Ark Data Centres to Reduce UK Carbon by 14,000 MT

The UK ministry of defense has selected Ark Data Centres to implement a data center at Corsham in Wiltshire that will reduce UK carbon by 14,000 metric tons over 10 years. The carbon reduction will come from Ark’s G-Cloud formula that includes a fixed power efficiency rating. The MOD is … Read more »

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

Amazon Web Services says it will source 100 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. The company doesn’t give a timeframe for achieving this goal. Amazon has come under fire from Greenpeace for powering its infrastructure with polluting energy sources, unlike its high-tech rivals Google, Rackspace, Apple and Facebook that … Read more »

Dimension Data

Dimension Data to Reduce Clients’ Carbon by 1.8M Tons

Information and communication technologies firm Dimension Data says it will use technology to reduce its clients’ carbon footprint by 1.8 million tons more than the group itself produces, and prevent 4,000 tons of electronic waste from going to landfill. This will save clients up to $2 billion dollars in energy … Read more »