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August 2009

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Cash For Comm Clunkers A Truly Green Solution

August 26, 2009

Kudos to companies such as Grandstream, MegaPath, and Netsuite for offering and to Rich Tehrani in his blog for raising and promoting what will turn out to be a much more effective 'cash for clunkers' campaign: turning in old legacy PSTN/TDM equipment and obsolete premises-based solutions for IP and where appropriate hosted tools and recycling them to avoid e-waste. 

The cash for clunkers in the comm industry will arguably be more effective in that this one doesn't involve governments, subsidies, and kowtowing to special interests. The Sierra Club has criticized what had started out to be a well-intentioned program into 'support for gas guzzlers'. Money allocated for this program has arguably come at the expense of more efficient mass transit. While there has been stimulus money to build new systems, agencies are being starved to buy vehicles and operating funds to provide services. 

In contrast going to software-based IP and hosted means less goods that have to be manufactured from raw resources that must be extracted and processed, and lowered transportation costs and the consequent environmental consequences at all stages.



Commuting A Pain In More Ways Than One

August 21, 2009

Commuting is bad for the environment. Emissions from vehicles both directly and indirectly through fossil-fueled and river-befouling power plants, and from construction and maintenance combined with open space land grabs combine to form a toxic stew that is slowly killing us. Something to keep in mind as a reality check during the insane U.S. healthcare debate and the endless go-rounds what to do about the costs and doctor shortages in Canada.

Transportation typically accounts for 1/3 of emissions, and motor vehicles at 2/3rds of that.

Five Five Keys to Selecting Effective Green Technologies From Verismic

August 11, 2009

U.K.-based Sparxent via its Verismic Software subsidiary that has some good advice on identifying promising green technologies in IT and at the same time avoiding greenwashing. Verismic Software develops solutions including power management  to extend systems management and service desk capabilities.

Verismic recommends looking for green solutions which meet the following criteria:
 
1.     Measurable eco-benefits.  A number of technologies promise a reduction in CO2 emissions or other green benefits, but customers often have no way to actually measure the result.

Green and Sustainable Telecoms Strategy

August 10, 2009

It's a popular topic to be discussed at the next World Telecoms Council meeting.  Members of the World Telecoms Council contribute to the agenda for all meetings. This November they have opted for three main themes:

Green and sustainable telecoms strategyOpportunities for the wholesale telecoms industryBusiness models and strategies for recovery and growth 
 Download the brochure. Or for more information visit www.worldtelecomscouncil.com

Contact: James Warrington: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7 092 1177 Email: james.warrington@totaltele.com
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