Green

Trading Up to Lower Carbon in Bangalore

Electric trading markets that allow consumers to procure blocks of energy directly from generation providers have existed for a long time, but have tended to be in areas with highly stable distribution systems with access limited to large consumers.  Customer segmentation within electricity markets has therefore been limited, with utilities defining tariffs and establishing service […]

December 23, 2013

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

Cleaner, Greener Set-top Boxes Under a Landmark Voluntary Agreement

By Joe Chow, VP & GM, Cisco Connected Devices BU The Set-top box sits at the heart of our home entertainment centers, providing hours of enjoyment for the best of what’s on television. Over the past few years, it has become clear that we can do better when it comes to reducing set-top-box energy consumption. […]

Accelerating the shift to renewable power

When we announced Cisco’s new environmental sustainability goals, one goal continued to require the most clarification from both internal and external stakeholders:  having our corporate electricity emissions factor at half of the International Energy Agency (IEA) world average. This goal, and it’s delicate wording, perhaps only makes sense to us sustainability nerds who are immersed […]

May 3, 2013

INSIDE CISCO IT

Taking the CUE to Reduce Carbon Emissions

More and more businesses these days are taking steps to reduce their carbon emissions.  (Cisco is one of them, as the company met a 25% greenhouse gas reduction goal last year and subsequently upped it to 40%.) There are several compelling reasons for doing so – some philosophical and others pragmatic.  Here are a few:

April 10, 2013

INSIDE CISCO IT

Sniffing Out a Data Center’s PUE

Power Usage Effectiveness or PUE, is the most commonly used metric in Data Centers today.  Data Center industry organizations tout it, major companies brag about their scores, and energy efficiency certifications use it in their ratings. Despite how thoroughly it has been embraced, though, it’s not without flaws.  In my opinion, they mostly stem from […]