Energy and CO2 Emissions
Energy. Economy. Environment. It’s all connected.
We live in an area with relatively high energy costs. To remain competitive globally, Silicon Valley businesses and residents must be relentless in reducing energy consumption to keep our cost of living manageable and our economy healthy. We are fortunate that California leads the way in the adoption of energy efficiency standards.
SSV uses CO2 emissions as the benchmark to track progress in Silicon Valley’s efforts to reduce energy consumption. In 2004, SSV organized a regional voluntary initiative, setting a visionary target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% below the region's 1990 levels by the year 2010. SSV Partners participating in the voluntary CO2 emissions reduction program determine their own baseline year and a CO2 percentage reduction goal to reach by 2010. Each pledging partner also chooses how they will meet this target. Options abound – from improvements in equipment efficiency to energy conservation, the use of renewable energy sources, and purchase of green power and/or promotion of alternative commute options.
Sustainable Silicon Valley has a new venture. EcoCloud™ is a virtual space where business leaders and facility managers can work with technology innovators, researchers, and government agencies to make enterprises more sustainable and profitable. Energy is one of four EcoCloud™ focus areas. The EcoCloud™ website provides tools, content and connections to help you with your business decisions. EcoCloud™ draws on the latest social networking tools so that participants can collaborate, learn, plan and make valuable connections.
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