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
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.
tuesday 26 september 2017 at 10h41
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.
sunday 17 september 2017 at 12h05
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.
monday 10 july 2017 at 10h22
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".
tuesday 13 june 2017 at 10h27
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.
sunday 09 july 2017 at 07h03
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
Zurich, June 2017
monday 29 may 2017 at 07h23
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.
sunday 07 may 2017 at 13h52
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.
sunday 26 february 2017 at 19h17
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.
tuesday 14 february 2017 at 12h04
Chain: A new programming language for dependable computing without dependable power
tuesday 20 december 2016 at 21h55
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.
tuesday 04 october 2016 at 16h00
Green IT Amsterdam Region and the Green IT Special Interest Group of the Swiss Informatics Society will extend its collaboration and experience exchange
thursday 11 august 2016 at 07h52
The new practical guide Smart Energy@ICT of asut supports the development of information and communication infrastructures for intelligent energy systems.
thursday 14 july 2016 at 15h35
Assess your data center with the simple, free and current tools of Green IT SIG - and choose the appropriate tasks to improve the sustainability.
friday 22 april 2016 at 06h33
The energy consumption of the "Internet of Things" can be tamed with the appropriate measures.
wednesday 23 march 2016 at 12h28
Impressions after a busy week at CeBIT in Hannover, March 14 - 18, 2016
wednesday 03 february 2016 at 13h06
The energy consumption of servers and data centers has increased in 2015 in Germany.
thursday 17 december 2015 at 10h38
Green IT Member netrics draws its power from the most modern river power station in Switzerland
monday 05 october 2015 at 11h28
Encouragement by WeAct for Topic Energy
sunday 16 august 2015 at 17h12
How ICT can improve the sustainability in a large part of our society
wednesday 08 july 2015 at 12h43
ICT reduction potential of 20% of global CO2e emissions by 2030
tuesday 02 june 2015 at 15h10
The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has published a Code of Best Practices for Green ICT.
thursday 23 april 2015 at 22h51
Six presentations about Effective and Efficient IT in relation to the actual Energy transition.
thursday 26 march 2015 at 21h40
Plan for 2015 accepted, new Green Data Center Assessment implemented.
monday 09 february 2015 at 23h12
These are the last ICT Sustainability News of Dr. Bernard Aebischer.
tuesday 30 december 2014 at 18h04
Don’t miss these Green IT conferences in 2015
saturday 15 november 2014 at 21h15
On 10 November 2014, the "Antenne Romande" of the Green IT SIG was founded.
tuesday 09 september 2014 at 11h51
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.
tuesday 29 july 2014 at 23h32
Studies show that for some devices up to 80% of the energy consumption is used just to maintain a network connection.
saturday 22 march 2014 at 22h32
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.
sunday 04 may 2014 at 00h03
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?