Internal Operations

Many companies have made great strides in increasing energy efficiency in their internal operations through improved manufacturing processes, increased use of combined heat and power, and better data tracking and management. These efficiency improvements can often result in significant cost and greenhouse gas savings.

The resources below include presentations, reports and news on energy efficiency improvements that apply to internal operations, as well as links to other organizations and web sites working on this issue.

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Top-level executives disagree with other senior executives on how much their companies are doing to address energy efficiency, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Top environmental executives at Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. found themselves on the same stage last week in an eye-opening forum here on energy use by the information technology industry. And they even managed to agree on a few things.
Dow Chemical will invest $100 million in energy efficiency and conservation improvements through an internal competition, the company announced yesterday.
Nearly nine out of ten Fortune 1000 senior executives feel a moral responsibility to make their companies more energy efficient, and 13 percent say environmental concerns are their main motivator to save energy.
Data centers in the New York area that improve their energy efficiency are eligible for $10 million in incentives, under a program announced this week.
A GE energy efficiency program with a less than six-month payback is being implemented at 20 General Motors plants, the two companies have announced.
The U.S. Energy Efficient residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market is projected to grow from $5.38 billion in 2010 to $8.15 billion in 2015, according to the latest issue of EL Insights. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 8.6% during this time period.
The Pentagon has not yet turned in its formal blueprint for how it plans to shrink its battle zone fuel needs, despite a congressional mandate to do so by late last month.
Energy-efficient network equipment holds the promise of significantly cutting power costs, IT industry figures have said.
Energy-efficient network equipment holds the promise of significantly cutting power costs, IT industry figures have said.
Seventy-five percent of U.S. organizations are working to reduce energy use in IT operations from the desktop to the data center, according to a report from CDW. The survey also finds that two-thirds of respondents understand that best practices in energy efficient IT is critical to their profession.
Retail chains like Wal-Mart and Walgreens are working to reduce energy use as part of their overall business strategy to cut operational costs. In these cases, Wal-Mart Puerto Rico has opted to transition its parking lot lighting to LED technology, while Walgreens has installed a geothermal system. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) also released a new sustainability guide to help supermarkets better understand sustainability in the retail sector.
Data centers across the nation are implementing a host of initiatives aimed at energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ranging from HVAC optimization to being powered by renewable energy sources.
From 2010 to 2015, the U.S. green data center market is projected to increase from $3.82 billion to $13.81 billion, according to the latest issue of EL Insights. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29% during this time period.
DURHAM, NC — An Energy Star program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing plants has helped the auto industry cut the amount of electricity and fuel needed to make vehicles, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 750,000 tons.

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