Monday, 5 May 2008

New Energy Management Software from IBM

IBM has announced some new energy measurement offerings, including software to measure power usage in the data centre, an online energy assessment benchmark and an expansion of the Energy Certificates program to 34 countries.

The first helps customers monitor and manage power usage, whilst the second is an on-line tool, produced by The Bathwick Group, that allows clients to measure and compare their efficiency score against other organisations worldwide.

I find the third of these most interesting, though. IBM, with Neuwing Energy in the US, has an Energy Efficiency Certificate program which enables clients to earn certificates for reducing the energy used to run their data centres. These certificates represent one way a businesses can attain a certified measurement of their reduction in energy use. Not only is this an emerging business metric, but the certificates can also be traded on the energy efficiency certificate market or kept to show reductions in energy use and associated CO2 emissions. The trading aspect has now been expanded beyond the US, Canada and Mexico to a total of 34 countries, including most of Europe, the Middle East, India, China, Australasia and Japan.

This is an IT company already directly involved in certifying energy savings, which will be built into legislation around the world in the not-too-distant future.

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