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IBM: Go back to mainframes and earn CO2 credit

Quoting CW:

IBM will announce Friday a program that will make it possible for its customers to document server energy savings -- and even trade them for cash, if they want, on emerging carbon markets.

IBM says it's the first in this industry to offer such a program, and though it's initially making it available only for its mainframes, the company plans to extend it to all of its server lines and storage systems as well.

How it works: If you take distributed systems -- for instance, x86 servers -- and consolidate them on a mainframe, the move will result in an energy savings. Those savings can be calculated based on reference data, a task that will fall to Neuwing Energy Ventures, an independent firm verifying and trading in energy efficiency certificates.

More specifically, IBM said its ongoing consolidation of 3,900 distributed systems onto 33 mainframes will eventually save the company 119,000 megawatt hours annually. The megawatt hours of savings that Neuwing will calculate will include the total savings to power and cool the data center. One energy efficiency certificate is issued for each megawatt hour saved per year.

In IBM's example, the certificates would have an estimated value of between $300,000 and $1 million based on market conditions, said Rich Lechner, IBM's vice president of IT optimization. The certificates can be issued for each year of the life of the project.

"The value of these certificates is minute to the real energy savings and the real operational savings that you're going to realize," said Lechner.


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