Software Lets Agencies Measure Carbon Footprint

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 23, 2010


The General Services Administration has created a free Web-based tool to help agencies calculate and manage their greenhouse gas emissions building by building. According to this report on FederalTimes.com, the tool does not offer advice on how to reduce emissions but it includes a feature that shows how much energy can be reduced by increasing or decreasing programs such as video conferencing, teleworking and server virtualization.


The tool provides details on how much energy can be reduced by decreasing some programs or increasing server virtualization.

"To use the tool, an agency manager enters data from monthly energy bills, employee commuter surveys and business travel records. The software then calculates the agency‘s greenhouse gas emissions and breaks the number down by category, or 'scope.' Scope 1 refers to direct emissions generated by federal buildings and vehicles. Scope 2 refers to indirect emissions released in the transmission of energy to federal facilities. Scope 3 refers to indirect emissions, such as those generated by business travelers, vendors and commuting employees.

"The tool does not offer advice on how to reduce emissions but it includes a feature that shows how much energy can be reduced by increasing or decreasing programs such as video conferencing, teleworking and server virtualization.

"There also is a return-on-investment calculator to predict how long it would take an agency to generate savings that cover the cost of an energy-efficiency investment."

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