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Exploring Microsoft's Carbon Price and Its 5 Steps to Carbon Neutrality

December 30, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Microsoft and Carbon Pricing

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing, even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime. Their actions speak louder than the hyperbole that advocates are using to argue for and against paying for carbon emissions.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Microsoft Takes a Step Toward Programming the City of the Future

July 10, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Microsoft Monitoring

Microsoft doesn't just want to control the computer in your office building. It wants to control the building itself. Today, the tech giant took a step toward that goal by equipping four Seattle buildings with its monitoring software.[read more]

At Rio, Corporations Pledge While Nations Demur on Climate Action. But Is It Enough?

June 25, 2012 by Marianne Lavelle

Photo by Blog do Planalto/Flickr

Delegates gathered this week in Rio de Janeiro at the 20th anniversary of the historic Earth Summit  affirmed that climate change “requires urgent and ambitious action,” in an agreement that commits them to no new steps toward meeting that goal. But while nations are as far as ever from putting a global price on carbon emissions,...[read more]

The toxic debate over climate science

February 16, 2012 by Marc Gunther

The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank that challenges the scientific consensus about climate change, was embarrassed by the release yesterday (Feb. 14) of confidential documents, including the names of corporate donors.[read more]

Data Analytics at the Grid Edge – Killer Apps or Overkill?

September 14, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

The recent exits of Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft’s Hohm products targeted at consumers have some industry watchers asking if residential consumers really care about home energy consumption data.  Where we once had a monthly bill that simply indicated the previous month’s kilowatthours of electricity use, smart meters can...[read more]

Microsoft: Democratizing data to protect the planet

March 16, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Much conversation around the greening of information technology is, frankly, boring. Energy-efficient data centers, PCs that sleep automatically, cloud computing that uses server capacity more efficiently–all important, to be sure, but dull. What’s more intriguing are the ways IT is being used to attack big environmental problems. IBM...[read more]

This is a very opportune time to be investing in sustainability management software

February 15, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit James Jordan I wrote about SAP’s launch of their Sustainability Performance Management software recently. This is a space which is of massively growing importance given the increasing regulations around greenhouse gas emissions, for example. I was heartened then to hear in a recent discussion with SAS that their...[read more]

First Look at Microsoft Hohm: Is it More than Home Energy Saver Dressed Up?

July 6, 2009 by Peter Troast

Microsoft Hohm is here. The new home energy managing tool that we’ve been anticipating for the past few weeks launched this morning. To design Hohm, Microsoft licensed the energy models in the Home Energy Saver tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the Department of Energy. Home Energy Saver (HES) is not a...[read more]

Microsoft Hohming In On The Smart Meter Market

June 30, 2009 by Big Gav

Business Green reports that Microsoft is about to launch a power usage meter of its own as it tries to compete with Google on another front - Microsoft to bring energy savings Hohm.Microsoft is moving into the energy use-recording business, with a new application designed to tell consumers how much electricity they are using.Microsoft...[read more]

Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Enamored With Novel Nuclear

June 30, 2009 by Rod Adams

The above is a short clip that is part of a longer interview about carbon free power, but it drive home a significant point. Craig Mundie, the head of a $9 billion private high tech research and development organization likes new nuclear approaches.Hat tip to Reuter's Blogs for the pointer to the story.[read more]

Microsoft’s Hohm joins the smart grid fray

June 25, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

Lynne Kiesling Microsoft announces its new Hohm service: Called “Hohm” (presumably, a play on the combination of “home and “Ohm”), the product will take advantage of smart grid data on energy use when it’s available. Even when it’s not, however, Hohm will allow users to input their own details and share the results of their efficiency...[read more]

Beam me up Scotty!

April 16, 2009 by Tom Raftery

The WWF published a report, funded by HP and Microsoft, about the potential climactic benefits of a greater adoption of videoconferencing technologies. One of the items in the report which caught my eye was the stat that: substituting 5-30% of current air travel by videoconferencing could avoid 5.59-33.53 million tonnes of CO2...[read more]

Technology & Sustainability

June 2, 2008 by Marc Gunther

Like every smart company, Microsoft is thinking about sustainability. Rob Bernard, the company’s head of sustainability, tells me that MSFT is working to measure and reduce its own footprint, build data centers that use less energy and partner with groups like the Clinton Foundation to design software and services that helps cities...[read more]

Can the software industry close the CSR ratings gap?

September 16, 2007 by James Farrar

Last week the socially responsible investment community equivalent of the Oscars – the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) was unveiled and for the first time SAP has taken the lead in CSR performance for the software sector. It’s certainly a cause for celebration but maybe it’s more an occasion for Sekt...[read more]