USING THE SUN TO BRING COMPANIES TO THE
As the Internet increasingly becomes the foundation of the global
economy, the use of traditional energy sources to power servers,
Web sites and databases increases exponentially.
The power used to run Internet technology has become a tremendous
drain on the nations power grids. According to Jeff Munroe,
vice president of design and construction for AboveNet, a California
Web hosting company, Internet hosting sites rank between the 95th
to the 98th percentile of power usage during peak Internet traffic
periods. In an effort to provide companies with a green technology
alternative, veteran renewable energy executive Steve May founded
Solar Data Centers, Inc. (SDC). May and his company are focused
on providing customers with leading-edge Web-based technology, combined
with a total commitment to environmental sustainability and responsibility.
Unlike some communications and technology providers, we believe
that companies have a responsibility to do their part to help the
environment, said May. By using solar power, we reduce
the spread of harmful contaminants that lead to global warming and
irreversible pollution. Every customer that uses SDCs services
is taking an active role to support solar power and help environmental
change by moving toward a green future.
Solar Data Centers employs solar energy to run every aspect of an
organizations Internet operations. SDC utilizes 100-percent
solar energy to power its servers, offering a broad range of technology
services such as Web hosting, system administration, site design,
network security, programming and database management.
SDC derives its power from solar panels installed throughout the
southern United States. Using Green Certificatesvouchers or
tags that organizations purchase to ensure that renewable
energy enters the general power grideach dollar spent with
SDC is guaranteed to support renewable energy sources.
Over the next two years, SDC plans to build the worlds first
entirely solar-powered Internet hosting facility based in the United
States, with a mirror site in Eastern Europe. SDC will also continue
to promote and support the use of Green Certificates in areas where
potential solar energy is not being utilized.
I founded Solar Data Centers with a passionate commitment
to promoting positive environmental change, said May. Weve
created a business that supports renewable energy and utilizes untapped
solar resources. Were empowering individuals and organizations
while protecting the environment at the same time.
For more information, call 800-830-3415 or visit www.solardatacenters.com.
BP TAKES ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In 1997 BP became the first major international energy company
to acknowledge that although scientific understanding of climate
change and the impact of greenhouse gas emissions was still emerging,
precautionary action was justified. The company recognized that
while uncertainty persists about the magnitude and timing of any
climate impacts, this debate was too important to ignore.
Consequently, in 1998 BP set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
from its worldwide operations by 10 percent from 1990 baseline levels.
Throughout, BP has been reducing emissions from its facilities,
working on mitigating technologies, demonstrating global emissions
trading, and actively involved in the policy debate.
In 2002, BP announced that by year-end 2001 it had reached its greenhouse
gas reduction target. The achievement resulted from a number of
projects and initiatives across BPs business units and was
delivered at no net cost to the business. The saving through greater
energy efficiency outweighed the expenditures.
In delivering on its emission reduction promises, BP learned a great
deal, including the fact that major GHG (greenhouse gas) reduction
projects require a long-term sustained effort. The companys
major refineries carry out energy efficiency improvements timed
to coincide with five-year planning cycles for major shutdowns.
BP has set a new target for the year 2012. While in some years BPs
GHG emissions may increase, the companys objective is that
its net emissions will show no increase by 2012. BP expects its
continued work on energy efficiency and flaring reductions to eliminate
around half of any emissions growth it would otherwise create; and
the company intends to account for the other half by demonstrating
how its actions are reducing emissions through the products it sells.
The target is only one part of BPs overall strategy, which
includes promoting market-based solutions, participating in policy
dialogues, working with others on new energy technologies and investing
BP believes it is important to take action now if the world is to
avoid serious damage to the environment. But BP is only one company.
Industry worldwide needs to cooperate with governments and others
in seeking economically sound and internationally agreed-upon solutions.
If companies inside and outside the energy industry can commit to
action, BP believes significant progress can continue to be made.
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