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IT Efficiency Could Help Offset CO2 from Canceling Germany’s Nuclear Program

IT efficiency software company 1E announced its expansion into Germany as motivated by the country’s increased need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result of canceling its nuclear program.

“The recent cancellation of Germany’s nuclear program calls for immediate action. Put this into a carbon emissions context and the ramifications are startling. Deutsche Bank analysts estimate that an extra 370 million tonnes of CO2 will be released through 2020(1), as Germany strives to find alternative energy sources to avoid any shortfalls in energy – alternative sources which, despite Germany’s clear leadership in solar and renewable energies, the local government anticipates will be coal-based in the short term,” comments Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E.

“If every corporate PC and server in Germany had our software installed on it, the German economy could save approximately €1.9 billion per year in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by around 9.1 million metric tonnes of CO2 by eliminating servers that are not being used and by switching PCs off overnight and on weekends(2),” he concludes.

With its suite of Efficient IT solutions, 1E has helped its customers achieve €740 million in efficiency savings; €407 million in energy savings alone to date. That is the equivalent of 4.1 million metric tonnes of CO2 or taking around 750,000 passenger cars off the roads.

The move coincides with 1E’s the appointment of Radu Gheorghievici-Pohl as managing director for the DACH region. The company’s presence in the region will help it address the needs of local customers of all sizes more effectively and efficiently.

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  • There are 2.17 million servers in Germany (Borderstep Institut)
  • A server typically emits 1,975 kWh per year (average taken from Borderstep Institut)
  • 15% of servers are not being used (1E/Alliance to Save Energy Server Energy & Efficiency Management)
  • 1,975 kWh x 15% = 296 kWh
  • 296 kWh x 2.17 million servers in Germany = 642,862,500 kWh of potential savings
  • To calculate GHG emissions based on kWh used, multiply kWh x 0.54522 (Carbon Trust 2008 GHG conversion figures)
  • 642,862,500 kWh of potential savings x 0.54522 = 350,501,492 kg or 350,501 metric tonnes of CO2
  • Electricity for industrial consumption in Germany costs  €0.1123 per kWh (EU Energy Portal April 2011)
  • 642,862,500 kWh of potential savings x € 0.1123 per kWh = €72,193,459 potential cost savings
  • 31 million employees in Germany use PCs to do their jobs (PC Energy Report 2009)
  • Total kWh used by an average PC left on during weeknights and weekends is 520 kWh (1E/Alliance to Save Energy PC Energy Report)
  • 31 million employees in Germany x 520 kWh = 16,120,000,000 kWh of potential savings
  • To calculate GHG emissions based on kWh used, multiply kWh x 0.54522 (Carbon Trust 2008 GHG conversion figures)
  • 16,120,000,000 kWh of potential savings x 0.54522 = 8,788,946,400 kg or 8,788,946 metric tonnes of CO2
  • Electricity for industrial consumption in Germany costs €0.1123 per kWh (EU Energy Portal April 2011)
  • 16,120,000,000 kWh of potential savings x €0.1123 per kWh = €1,810,276,000 potential cost savings


“Over the last 10 years, energy usage has doubled in Germany and now 40% of electricity is consumed by IT(3). Yet, the potential for cost and energy savings is huge - in April, the German Corporate Energy Efficiency Initiative (DENEFF) outlined that €165 million and 1.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of potential savings could be realized per year through energy-efficient IT(4),” comments Gheorghievici-Pohl.

“Germany has a national commitment to reduce national carbon emissions by 40% by 2020(5) and the government has allocated €25 million to ‘IT Goes Green’ initiatives. I am energized by the challenge to bring our expertise to the DACH region. The time is now,” he concludes.

Validating 1E’s entry into the German market, the451 eco-efficiency analyst Andy Lawrence says, “1E is a well-managed and technically astute company that is highly regarded by blue-chip clients. 1E continues to be the market leader in desktop power management in terms of installed seats. This bodes well for its expansion into new markets - 1E is likely to be a serious player in the DACH region.”

In 2010, 1E experienced record 60% growth, adding four million licenses of 1E software to its existing customer base and helping its customers reach over €700 million in IT efficiency savings, €407m in energy savings alone. The EMEA operation of 1E holds key customer accounts including CSC, Dell, HSBC, Nestlé and Syngenta.



References
(1) German nuclear cull to add 40 million tones CO2 per year, Reuters
(2) Total potential cost savings figure = €1.9bn
Total potential CO2 savings figure = 9.1m metric tonnes
(3 )Source: http://www.bmu-klimaschutzinitiative.de
(4) 10 Punkte Sofortprogramm –wirtschaftlicher und schnellerAtomausstieg durch Energieeffizienz Expertise
(5) Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)

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