Sun's fuzzy carbon math...

Dave Douglas is Chief Sustainability Officer at Sun Microsystems and he writes a monthly column in "Environmental Leader." This month he writes about a concept he calls "Peak Carbon.

Dave Douglas is Chief Sustainability Officer at Sun Microsystems and he writes a monthly column in "Environmental Leader." This month he writes about a concept he calls "Peak Carbon." This is his definition:

Peak Carbon is the point in time after which GHG emissions shrink each year, until the future point in time when we deem our emissions levels to be safe.

Fair enough as a concept. But then he goes on to make the claim that the US reached peak carbon production in 2007 and now everything is improving from there. That's a fuzzy concept with a very specific prediction. You might wonder how he came up with that very specific claim.

Do I have charts and graphs and sources for all of this? Nope, just an educated guess based on everything I’ve seen and read the last few years. So feel free to knock it around and let me know what you think.

See: Peak Carbon column

This kind of fuzzy math doesn't inspire confidence in claims that Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) is making in regards to its carbon footprint or to its savings on greenhouse gas. Is Sun the only one using fuzzy math? I bet it's not and we should have some kind of independent entity checking any and all Green IT claims otherwise they are meaningless.

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