Less energy, more efficiency in data centres - an update of the Campaign of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy

thursday 07 december 2017 at 12h14

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In June 2017, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy has launched the campaign „Less energy, more efficiency in server rooms and data centres“ that runs for at least two years. An update by Beat Koch, member of the project group.

Impressions from the Swiss Energy and Climate Summit (ECS)

tuesday 26 september 2017 at 10h41

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With the various presentations, forums and discussions, the Swiss ECS has provided an optimistic outlook for tackling environmental problems. Green IT SIG was there. Please read our impressions and listen to some of the presentations. 

Swiss Re Unveils Solar Plant at Americas HQ

sunday 17 september 2017 at 12h05

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Eric Smith, President & CEO of Swiss Re Americas, the former US President Bill Clinton and Green IT SIG member Vincent Eckert inaugurated the two megawatt facility on the roof of Swiss Re Americas headquarters in Armonk in June 2017.

Less power, more efficiency in server rooms and data centers

monday 10 july 2017 at 10h22

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Thanks to the support of Green IT SIG, the Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the Swiss Association of Telecommunications (asut) are now  implementing the campaign "Less Electricity, more Efficiency in Server Rooms and Data Centers".

Foundation of the Green IT Global Collaboration Network - Press release

tuesday 13 june 2017 at 10h27

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Amsterdam, London, Zürich and Paris, 12 June 2017. Four organisations with a sustainability vision and a wish to bring leadership and structure to the Green IT sector, are launching the ​Green IT Global ​collaboration network.

Summary 9th EURECA Workshop Barcelona

sunday 09 july 2017 at 07h03

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The 9th EURECA Workshop was held in Barcelona on 9-10 May, 2017. The EURECA project is supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, and Green IT Amsterdam is one of the project partners. 

The mandate of the EURECA project is to remedy the lack of awareness and information that would support the public sector procurement of environmentally sound data centre products and services. The public sector is the focus because of its potential for impact: there are more than 250,000 public authorities in the EU. 

The project has resulted in the development of the EURECA Tool, which is a "web-based platform to help public procurers and data centre professionals self-assess the energy efficiency and profile of their data centres." The Tool provides users with suggestions for improvements they could make. It draws on the Data Centre Maturity Model and the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres, and can be accessed by creating an account at: https://tool.dceureca.eu

During the workshop, members of the project team and project partners held seven sessions, each explaining the content and how to use sections of the EURECA Tool, e.g. "Data Centre KPIs and standards", "Data Centre contracts aand risks", "Tendering", and, "The Data Centre Maturity Model". These sessions were informative and easy to follow. Key takeaways included using measurements such as life cycle assessment / life cycle costing / total cost of ownership to capture the hidden costs and impacts of IT, and avoiding potentially misleading indicators such as PUE and CUE. 

Interspersed with the Tool training sessions were presentations from a series of guest speakers, highlighting their own innovation and sustainability initiatives. From these speakers, I learned more about organizations and initiatives such as:

The Green Grid, a global consortium of organizations aiming to improve the energy efficiency of data centres
RenewIT, a project developing a simulation tool to evaluate the energy efficiency of different technical solutions
ECO2 Clouds, a project aiming to reduce the environmental impact of cloud computing
ASCETiC, a similar project but with software developers as its target audience 
Amsterdam Smart City, Amsterdam's innovation platform
The next EURECA workshop is planned for the autumn of 2017, and will be announced on the website

Sarah Vowles
Zurich, June 2017

Collaboration between Switzerland and Finland

monday 29 may 2017 at 07h23

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Researchers of Tampere University will assist small and medium size companies in Finland to become more sustainable and further develop the Green IT SIG assessments and actions. 

Please support the energy strategy 2050

sunday 07 may 2017 at 13h52

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The opponents of the energy strategy 2050 (ES2050) fight with "Fake News" par excellence. The first package of actions and measures for the ES2050 is a very important step for a sustainable Switzerland. The goal is to get rid of the imports of dirty petroleum, gas and coal.

Green IT Alliance France is new partner organisation

sunday 26 february 2017 at 19h17

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Alliance Green IT France has issued the Green IT Guide, which is supported by Green IT SIG with great interest - an example of international collaboration.

The guide "livre blanc de l’écoconception des services numériques"contains the environmentally oriented part of Green IT, the economic and social components will follow later. In particular, concrete and impressive examples are given in the documentation, something always difficult to get.  An English translation will follow.

Read the French comments on the AGIT publication and the English comments from our partner organization Green IT Amsterdam Region.

We congratulate AGIT France for this impressive tool.

Energy-harvesting in the Internet of Things

tuesday 14 february 2017 at 12h04

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Chain: A new programming language for dependable computing without dependable power

Large data centers with 100% renewable energy

tuesday 20 december 2016 at 21h55

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Google. Facebook. Amazon. What do these companies have in common? They are some of the most admired and profitable companies in the world, they are massive energy users, and they all have commitments to 100 percent renewable energy.

Co-operation with Green IT Amsterdam Region

tuesday 04 october 2016 at 16h00

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Green IT Amsterdam Region and the Green IT Special Interest Group of the Swiss Informatics Society will extend its collaboration and experience exchange

Guide for Smart Energy Solutions

thursday 11 august 2016 at 07h52

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The new practical guide Smart Energy@ICT of asut supports the development of information and communication infrastructures for intelligent energy systems.

How green is my data center?

thursday 14 july 2016 at 15h35

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Assess your data center with the simple, free and current tools of Green IT SIG - and choose the appropriate tasks to improve the sustainability.

Energy-efficient Internet of Things

friday 22 april 2016 at 06h33

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The energy consumption of the "Internet of Things" can be tamed with the appropriate measures.

Green IT SIG at CeBIT

wednesday 23 march 2016 at 12h28

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Impressions after a busy week at CeBIT in Hannover, March 14 - 18, 2016

Power consumption of server and data centers in Europe exceeds Switzerland

wednesday 03 february 2016 at 13h06

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The energy consumption of servers and data centers has increased in 2015 in Germany.

Hosting Services with Green Power

thursday 17 december 2015 at 10h38

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Green IT Member netrics draws its power from the most modern river power station in Switzerland

Energy saving in the office

monday 05 october 2015 at 11h28

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Encouragement by WeAct for Topic Energy

ITU - World Summit of the Information Society

sunday 16 august 2015 at 17h12

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How ICT can improve the sustainability in a large part of our society

#SMARTer2030

wednesday 08 july 2015 at 12h43

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ICT reduction potential of 20% of global CO2e emissions by 2030

CEPIS Code of Best Practices for Green ICT

tuesday 02 june 2015 at 15h10

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The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has published a Code of Best Practices for Green ICT.

Effective & Efficient IT

thursday 23 april 2015 at 22h51

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Six presentations about Effective and Efficient IT in relation to the actual Energy transition.

Successful Green IT SIG Annual Meeting

thursday 26 march 2015 at 21h40

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Plan for 2015 accepted, new Green Data Center Assessment implemented. 

Thank you Bernard

monday 09 february 2015 at 23h12

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These are the last ICT Sustainability News of Dr. Bernard Aebischer.

Green IT events in 2015

tuesday 30 december 2014 at 18h04

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Don’t miss these Green IT conferences in 2015 

New Green IT cluster in La Suisse Romande

saturday 15 november 2014 at 21h15

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On 10 November 2014, the "Antenne Romande" of the Green IT SIG was founded.

Data Centers consume 2.8% of total electricity in Switzerland

tuesday 09 september 2014 at 11h51

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A study commissioned by the Federal Office of Energy (BFE) and the Swiss Association of Telecommunications (asut) shows for the first time in detail the size and structure of the data center landscape. 

Making Network Standby More Efficient

tuesday 29 july 2014 at 23h32

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Studies show that for some devices up to 80% of the energy consumption is used just to maintain a network connection.

A New Trend to Change Everything?

saturday 22 march 2014 at 22h32

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At the Cleantech investment Forum in San Francisco on March 11-13 a host of innovations were presented, many of them with a strong Green IT connection. 

Conflict-Free Sourcing

sunday 04 may 2014 at 00h03

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How do you make sure that your products do not include  materials originating from areas of wars and terror? What does "DRC* conflict free" mean?

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