Disclosure ≠ Climate Planning

Disclosure ≠ Climate Planning

This is the story of how and why a smart person completely missed the real corporate dangers of climate change.

The other day a corporate executive told me, "I've been getting board & investor pressure to disclose our climate liabilities and I think we've finally turned the corner.  We understand our liabilities now that we have a clear sense of how we impact the environment."

"Great." I said, "So what about how the environment effects you?"

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Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Emissions and energy get the spotlight when it comes to sustainability programs but water is actually the most limited resource your company is likely to deal with.  Some of you reading this may find that surprising.  You may react initially by thinking the idea is a little silly.  Take a deeper look and you'll find just how serious the issue is.
 

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Design a Data Center that has a furnace and you should be fired.

Design a Data Center that has a furnace and you should be fired.

Data centers are a particularly thorny issue when a company is addressing it’s sustainability profile.  The energy profiles for large IT facilities are typically monstrous in size and that makes it difficult to accommodate a company’s desire to reduce it’s footprint.  Google, Apple and Microsoft have made headlines recently in the design of their facilities and (in the case of Apple specifically) their commitment to using solar power to run the facilities but is that really the most important factor to consider?

Making a commitment to invest in a data center usually means that your company is moving in the right direction.  You have enough demand for what you're doing that you need to make a big investment in the next phase of growth.  There are gong to be a lot of decisions to make on hardware, architecture and suppliers not to mention strategy but it may surprise you that the biggest two choices should be made not on the basis of technology but on the basis of partnerships.  Those two questions are:

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Carbon Shadow Pricing

Carbon Shadow Pricing

Today we're talking about Carbon Shadow Pricing, a technique some companies are using to formulate their energy improvement and efficiency budgets, drive down costs and get ahead of the curve with anticipated regulations.  Sensible managers realize that their power use and emissions are the source of twin liabilities to the company bottom line. They reason that regulation of carbon emissions isn't far away and whatever form it takes it will eat into the bottom line. Additionally, energy use is a proxy for waste. Finding creative ways to avoid energy translates into profit and innovation.

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