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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Companies are relocating data centers to colder locations in an effort to decrease the high energy consumption levels of their servers.
Companies are developing energy conservation strategies in offices and datacenters through a combination of energy efficient technologies and improved energy management programs.
Using LEED standards as a guideline, Marriott International is decreasing design time and construction expenses while developing a hotel prototype that also significantly reduces water and energy consumption.
Eating right, exercising regularly, flossing -- we know we should be doing these things every day but they're just not that exciting. For many businesses, energy efficiency feels the same – it's clearly a good idea, but somehow it always falls to the bottom of the corporate "to do" list.
Jan. 30--PENROSE -- Holcim's Portland cement plant is the first in the United States to use solar panels to help provide power to the plant, company officials say.
Technology Business Research’s (TBR) quarterly report highlights different sustainability strategies at three major global companies: Dell, CSC and Cisco. The analysis covers Dell’s product design and manufacturing strategy, CSC’s scorecard for managing stakeholder expectations and Cisco’s plan to virtualize “green” IT.
Capturing and analyzing energy efficiency-metrics in data centers can improve business management decisions in several areas, particularly as computing and storage requirements grow, coupled with rising electricity costs, according to a report from Info-Tech.
IBM has launched a new energy efficient data center that, in turn, lowers the carbon footprint of clients who use it for “cloud computing.”
Canadian Tire, a retailer of tire and automotive parts, gas stations and general merchandise and apparel, says it will be among the first Canadian companies to include their sustainability metrics in its quarterly and year-end financial reporting, according to its first Community and Business Sustainability Report.
The EPA hopes to launch its Energy Star program for data centers in June, reports PCWorld.
Utilities, commercial businesses and other organizations have the opportunity to spur the development of a U.S. smart grid, which is expected to deliver significant energy and cost savings. A smart grid is the right decision to meet both social responsibility and economic business objectives, according to Dave Hardin, Invensys Operations Management, in an article written for ISA.
In pursuit of its Living Green program, KPMG cut its carbon footprint by 7 percent in 2008, according to its Living Green Annual Report 2009.
Ford Motor Company’s new PC Power Management program is expected to save the automaker $1.2 million and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually.
The best options for cost-effective data center retrofits that significantly reduce energy consumption include electrical equipment upgrades, server virtualization and cooling optimization, according to an article written by Coy Stine, director of Data Center Services for Bluestone Energy Services for Data Center Knowledge.
How can a small gas station with a mini-mart green its operations? What changes to common lease agreements would help landlords and tenants in commercial buildings move toward energy efficiency?

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