Google buys wind power for Finnish data centre

Google has bought the entire electricity output from a Swedish wind farm developer for the next ten years to power its Hamina data centre (pictured) in Finland. The search engine giant has teamed up with German insurance company Allianz and a Swedish wind farm developer O2. It is Google’s fourth long-term renewable energy purchase contract […]

O2 to sell phone without charger to cut waste

Mobile network provider O2 plans to sell a new HTC smartphone without a charger to cut down on waste. The firm says it made the decision because its research suggests there could be more than 100 million unused chargers lying in drawers or tangled in cupboards in the UK. The unnamed phone will have a […]

O2 reveals carbon footprint

Mobile operator O2 has become the first network to certify its carbon footprint with low carbon professionals, the Carbon Trust. O2 calculated the greenhouse gas emissions embedded throughout the entire lifecycle of its voice and data services using the Carbon Trust’s ‘Footprint Expert’ tool. Analysis from more than 12,000 O2 sites revealed that the carbon […]

O2 boss to talk up sustainability

The boss of O2 will be one of the speakers at The Sustainable Business Summit in London next month. Ronan Dunne will join The Carbon Trust’s chief executive Tom Delay to discuss a case study looking at the future definitions of sustainability and how a business will address them. Last week O2 entered the smart […]

O2 enters smart meter market

Telecommunications giant O2 has entered the smart meter market with a multi-million supply deal. The company will use its technology to upgrade and simplify the smart meter network of G4S Utility Services, one of the biggest smart meter firms in the UK. G4S will use O2’s SMS gateway to securely relay information from its smart […]

UK bosses walk sustainability talk

Top British bosses have talked up their sustainability credentials and the need for secure energy management in business. In a survey for the Carbon Trust, top business leaders have voiced their support for government measures and their concern that some companies are not acting on them. Ian Cheshire, group chief executive of Kingfisher, said: “Rising […]