Are employees the biggest risk to cybersecurity?

The biggest risk to cybersecurity are employees, according to a majority of global power and utility executives. That was the findings of a new survey from EY, which reveals 84% of leaders and IT executives and managers questioned said careless employee actions are a threat. Around 12% of the 1,735 people questioned believe their boards […]

IT firm to cut emissions per employee by 20%

IT services and consultancy firm Capgemini has set a science-based target to slash its carbon emissions by 20% per employee by 2020. The firm, which claims to be the first business of its kind to take this step in the UK, also said it will reduce its emissions by 40% by 2030. Its goals have […]

Free EU tool to design efficient data centres

An EU-funded research project has launched a free online tool to help design energy efficient and renewable data centres. Data centres are large networks of computer servers used to store, process or distribute large amounts of data. They typically use a lot of energy. The RenewIT tool is designed to help operators, designers and stakeholders maximise the sustainability […]

Smart meter IT system delayed until autumn

An IT project which is part of the government’s plans to roll-out smart meters across the country by 2020 has been delayed. The government has confirmed its key scheme, which consists of a communications infrastructure to link smart meters to energy suppliers, will now be ready in autumn. Data and Communications Company is responsible for the […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Energy: the appliance of science?

Do you recall the days, particularly around Y2K, when the IT fraternity were often accused of creating wonderful solutions and pieces of hardware for customers who had absolutely no need for them? Anything with a chip in it became a potential enemy of the future of global civilisation. There were lots of (very expensive) lessons […]

Green data centres ‘to reach $221bn by 2022’

The global market for green data centres is forecast to reach $221.49 billion (£140bn) by 2022, according to a new report. The paper, by Transparency Market Research, states this is due to an increase of energy efficiency initiatives, government regulations and benefits such as cutting costs. A green data centre stores, manages and spreads data […]

IT firm cuts carbon footprint of data centres by 10%

Five UK data centres have won the seal of approval from the Carbon Trust by meeting tough standards for energy efficiency. IT and cloud computing company Savvis got the carbon standard for slashing its carbon footprint relative to IT workload by 10% since 2010 in Britain by reviewing its procedures, workspaces and finances. Darran Messem, Managing […]

US spending on energy management to rise billions

Spending on energy management from the United States’ largest firms will rise more than three billion dollars over the next three years, analysts have predicted. New research by Verdantix suggests firms which earn more than $1 billion in revenue spent $13.1 billion on energy management in 2012. It predicts this figure will reach $16.5 billion […]

Different sectors in energy industry must collaborate

It is important for people in the energy industry to get involved with those in different sectors other than their own. That’s the view of Dr Jochen Kreusel (pictured), Head of the Smart Grids initiative at ABB Group in Zurich, who is one of the key speakers at the Erasmus Energy Forum event later this […]

UK smart homes firm wins global award

The World Economic Forum has picked a UK ‘smart’ home energy management firm as a 2013 Tech Pioneer, naming it one of the “world’s most innovative technology start-ups”. Every year WEF recognises pioneering tech firms for innovation in IT, energy and environment and health. Yesterday it picked 23 industry-changing companies for their potential to transform […]