Green tech calculators you can count on, literally

Green tech calculators you can count on, literally

Summary: For those seeking practical tools that can help them get a better handle on the energy and carbon dioxide emissions they're producing, I have not one but three different online calculator type tools to point to in this blog entry. They aren't exactly comparable, but serve different purposes that might suit some of your fact-gathering needs.

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For those seeking practical tools that can help them get a better handle on the energy and carbon dioxide emissions they're producing, I have not one but three different online calculator type tools to point to in this blog entry. They aren't exactly comparable, but serve different purposes that might suit some of your fact-gathering needs.

The first (only because it is independent not necessarily because it is better) comes from the green IT analysts over at Forrester. This blog entry explains the thinking behind the new Forrester tool for creating a baseline measure of the energy and carbon emissions profile related to your information technology. Gathering these statistics will help you quantify potential savings for the financial sorts and also give you something to measure against. Plus, I'm sure that by checking out what companies REALLY look like in these areas, it will be able to share out some aggregate best practices for all of us.

If you are a small business hoping to get a better handle on the totality of your business' environmental impact, hosting company Rackspace has released a new calculator for its customers that was developed by NativeEnergy, one of the carbon offset companies. Here's the Rackspace calculator, where you can mess around with scenarios regarding the impact of servers, travel, facilities and so on.

The final technology worth pointing to comes from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft.

The company has created a free add-on module for Dynamics AX 2009 called the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard. The software is intended to help midsize companies capture and track the data they need to monitor and address energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The metrics map to the key performance indicators for core environmental sustainability as identified by the Global Reporting Initiative, which is part of the United Nations Environment Program.

You can watch a demo of the tool here.

Topics: CXO, Emerging Tech

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  • Great resources

    Heather,

    Thank you for bringing the whole CO2/Green calculator topic to the IT community. Many of us are well aware of these tools for general home use or travel but you have identified some excellent resources for the IT community. Doug Washburn?s Green It Baseline is a fine exercise for those who have them time (not a lot really) and access to good data. However, all too often we see companies where no one even knows the IT power bill.

    The folks at Native Energy certainly have some very nice CO2 tools for the average consumer and it is nice to see Rackspace make such an effort to extend this concept to the IT space. We at Emerson have launched a related tool, our Energy Logic calculator that addresses the issue of productivity. This can be found at www.emerson.com/edc/page/Calculators.aspx.

    Great stuff and maybe in the future we will see a ZDNet reference page with links to all sorts of related IT energy, CO2, productivity, and eWaste tools.

    Best regards.

    Jack Pouchet
    Director Energy Initiatives
    Emerson Network Power
    jpouchet