Friday, 3 July 2009

Company news

- Yahoo has joined the growing band of sceptics around offsets and announced that it will no longer be purchasing carbon offsets to achieve its emissions reductions goals. Back in 2007 it was one of the planks of the company's carbon reduction plans, but now the company says that "We believe creating highly-efficient data centers will have a greater long-term, direct impact on the environment and gives us the best opportunity to play a leadership role in addressing climate change". The comment, from Yahoo's co-founder David Filo was made as the company announced plans to build one of the most energy-efficient data centres in the world. It will be powered predominantly by renewable hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls, with 90% of that energy powering the servers themselves. The Buffalo Lockport, NY, data center design will have an annualized average PUE of 1.1 or better. Impressive stuff.

- Sony Europe has announced today that its 32 sites throughout Europe, falling under Sony’s Global Environmental Management System (GEMS) are powered by electricity from 100% renewable resources. It's part of the actions the company has taken which have resulted in a reduction of CO2 emissions by 55,216 tons in Europe in FY08. The programme has included energy saving programs at all its sites, such as Pencoed in the UK where a 43% energy saving was achieved from FY07 – FY08. The 32 GEMS certified sites using renewable energy have been independently certified by Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC) to confirm that they used 100% renewable electricity in fiscal year 2008. The certification is a nice touch - transparency is everything.

- Symantec has earned its second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Springfield, Oregon site. It follows a similar award in July 2008, for its Culver City campus. Symantec has also joined the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders program, an industry-government partnership which provides guidance and recognition to companies developing long-term climate change strategies. Participating companies commit to complete a corporate-wide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, set long-term reduction goals and report annually to the EPA on company progress.

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