[LINK] CDM Applications
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Jan 1 14:35:08 AEDT 2009
At 10:47 PM 31/12/2008, Tom Koltai wrote:
>... Has anyone on Link filed a CDM (UNFCC) or know anyone that has. ...
A Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), under Article 12 of the Kyoto
Protocol allows a developed country, such as Australia, to implement
an emission-reduction project in a developing country:
The incentive is that the reduction in the developed nation can be
sold to a developed nation and counted towards their Kyoto target.
Using email in place of paper newsletters might count for a CDM. But
you would need to be able to demonstrate that this reduces emissions
in specific developing countries.
Eliminating paper does not necessarily reduce greenhouse gasses. At
the Symposium on Sustainability of the Internet and ICT in November
one comment was that Telstra's e-billing only reduced carbon, if the
servers were heavily loaded. If the servers were lightly loaded, then
they generated more greenhouse gasses than delivering paper bills did.
Note that reductions in developed countries, such as Australia, do
not count for CDMs, but might be considered a "domestic abatement
project" as defined in the Australian Draft National Carbon Offset Standard.
I have been studying up on this stuff, to teach in a Green ICT
Perhaps I could get the students to work up an application for a
domestic abatement project based on reducing the size of email
messages and web pages. ;-)
It should not be difficult achieve a 50% reduction in the size of web
pages served. The hard part would be showing that this resulted in a
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It may make a real reduction
on a heavily loaded server, which would not need as many disks and
processing power to handle the reduced data. Removing a load from an
already lightly loaded server would not greatly reduce energy use and
therefore not reduce CO2E emissions.
ps: The ACS Green ICT course starts 18 January 2009
Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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