Newsweek Releases Ranking of Greenest Companies | IBM Only U.S. Company Among World's Top 20 Corporations

This is the fourth year Newsweek ranked the 500 largest companies on their environmental footprint (45% of score), corporate management (45%) and transparency (10%), using data from Trucost and Sustainalytics.

World’s Top Green Corporations

All the top companies got scores of 82 out of 100 or above - here are some very brief highlights on what makes them stand out.

IBM - which always tops these lists - is the only US company included in the world’s 20 top corporations.

It’s rated #4 in the world for its “Smarter Planet” service that helps clients measure and reduce their own footprint, while saving them money. At its Zurich lab, water that cools a supercomputer is used to warm nearby buildings. Read our profile on IBM.


The Battery of the Future
What is the future of battery materials and construction?
Batteries have the potential to more efficiently power our portable devices, fuel our vehicles, and disrupt the way the electric grid works. But advances in battery technology have been slow to respond to the power demands of modern life.
Moore’s Law sees computer chips double in performance and drop their price by 50 percent every 18 to 24 months.  But batteries adhere to much slower experience curves that typically see them double in performance perhaps every ten years. The stubborn refusal of battery materials to yield in price and size explains the high cost of electric vehicles and grid storage

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The Battery of the Future

What is the future of battery materials and construction?

Batteries have the potential to more efficiently power our portable devices, fuel our vehicles, and disrupt the way the electric grid works. But advances in battery technology have been slow to respond to the power demands of modern life.

Moore’s Law sees computer chips double in performance and drop their price by 50 percent every 18 to 24 months. But batteries adhere to much slower experience curves that typically see them double in performance perhaps every ten years. The stubborn refusal of battery materials to yield in price and size explains the high cost of electric vehicles and grid storage

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A Nano-Solution to Energy ‘Vampires’ - NYTimes.com
 I.B.M. and several European universities are recreating the transistor, a fundamental piece of our electronic systems. Using nanotechnology they hope to cut down energy use from our computers, televisions, and other devices.

A Nano-Solution to Energy ‘Vampires’ - NYTimes.com

 I.B.M. and several European universities are recreating the transistor, a fundamental piece of our electronic systems. Using nanotechnology they hope to cut down energy use from our computers, televisions, and other devices.

IBM’s  Smarter Buildings push | Green Tech - CNET News
IBM is hoping to use technology to create greener, smarter buildings. Big Blue announced Monday that it will team up with partners and customers to venture into the next phase of its Smarter Planet initiative: Smarter Buildings. The goal is to help buildings, manufacturing plants, and other facilities consume less energy and water and make them easier to operate. Announced Monday, one of IBM’s new partnerships is with Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of products that optimize energy use in buildings. The two plan to combine Johnson’s energy-efficient technologies with IBM’s Tivoli software to offer customers a way to monitor and manage power usage, which IBM believes will cut costs. Specifically, building owners will be able to detect wasteful energy use, calculate greenhouse gas levels, and better manage the space in their buildings.

IBM’s Smarter Buildings push | Green Tech - CNET News

IBM is hoping to use technology to create greener, smarter buildings. Big Blue announced Monday that it will team up with partners and customers to venture into the next phase of its Smarter Planet initiative: Smarter Buildings. The goal is to help buildings, manufacturing plants, and other facilities consume less energy and water and make them easier to operate. Announced Monday, one of IBM’s new partnerships is with Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of products that optimize energy use in buildings. The two plan to combine Johnson’s energy-efficient technologies with IBM’s Tivoli software to offer customers a way to monitor and manage power usage, which IBM believes will cut costs. Specifically, building owners will be able to detect wasteful energy use, calculate greenhouse gas levels, and better manage the space in their buildings.

Suzuki  Hybrid Gets 100 MPG - All Cars Electric
Suzuki has launched a hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle for sale on the Japanese market that travels an impressive 100 miles per gallon of gas! The Suzuki Twin also features an automatic idling stop system shuts the engine down whenever the car stops at traffic lights or when stationary in heavy traffic, minimizing CO’ emissions and fuel consumption.

Suzuki Hybrid Gets 100 MPG - All Cars Electric

Suzuki has launched a hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle for sale on the Japanese market that travels an impressive 100 miles per gallon of gas! The Suzuki Twin also features an automatic idling stop system shuts the engine down whenever the car stops at traffic lights or when stationary in heavy traffic, minimizing CO’ emissions and fuel consumption.

Surface Area Required To Solar Power The World | Information Is Beautiful
According to the United Nations 170,000 square kilometers of forest is destroyed each year. If we constructed solar farms at the same rate, we would be finished in 3 years.
New: I did a little revisioning, adding another power source we possibly haven’t considered. From LandArtGenerator.org.

Surface Area Required To Solar Power The World | Information Is Beautiful

According to the United Nations 170,000 square kilometers of forest is destroyed each year. If we constructed solar farms at the same rate, we would be finished in 3 years.

New: I did a little revisioning, adding another power source we possibly haven’t considered. From LandArtGenerator.org.

How Electric Utility Companies Are Adapting To Climate Change

The IBM Electric Utilities team is having a web-launch of an IBM sponsored report that reveals how electric utility companies around the world are adapting to climate change, based on their responses to the Carbon Disclosure Project 2008 questionnaire.

The launch event explores the actions taken by electric utilities to assess and manage the risks brought about by climate change, whilst also identifying the opportunities that a changing climate will have on their business models. It analyzes the current energy challenges, specific drivers for adaptation and provides senior executive level guidance on the actions needed to adapt and build business resilience to the impacts of climate change. The report also recognizes that adaptation is an increasingly critical issue for governments, regulators, investors and the financial markets.

This unique event will also give the audience an opportunity to ask key questions to our expert panel. The report will address:

  • The Energy Revolution: this century will see unprecedented urbanisation and intense competition for scarce resources, driven by population growth and economic development. A changing climate will exacerbate these challenges.
  • These climate impacts add up to significant changes in the demand for electricity against a backdrop of supply challenges, ageing assets, new technology, prescriptive regulation and impacts on asset performance and efficiency.
  • What will a successful electricity company of the future look like? Companies need to act upon the clear signals that climate change is already underway.
  • Consumer preferences and needs will also change; markets will open up in new locations and for new products and services. Those businesses that do not react fast enough will lose out to their competitors, whilst those that recognise the opportunities will gain competitive advantage and become electricity sector leaders.

As each year goes by and action is delayed, the direct and indirect costs arising from changing climatic conditions will increase, threatening the sustainability of those companies that are slow to react.

THE LAUNCH
 : At the launch event, the authors of the report will highlight the key points from the report and in the final session will form a panel to take questions from the audience.

  • Welcome address - Graham Butler, Executive Partner, Energy and Utilities Industry Leader, IBM UKISA
  • CDP context - James Howard, Project Director, The Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Introduction to the report - Michael Valocchi, Partner, Global Energy & Utilities Industry Leader, IBM
  • Building business resilience - John Firth, Chief Executive Officer, Acclimatise
  • IBM viewpoint - Graham Butler
  • Question and Answer session - Panel

TO REGISTER : Get partners and clients to register by clicking at this link
http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=155271&s=1&k=C39B0A3708CFB38958232062CDA14807
Those not attending should register to access the replay easily

Globally, data centers generate only about two percent of energy consumption; the remaining ninety-eight percent must be addressed as well to achieve an optimized total outcome. Within the business sector, that implies energy management pertaining to completely different elements, such as manufacturing and distribution centers, office facilities, retail space, and even mobilie infrastructure like trucking fleets