GTG Links No. 13 - Dec 17th

A photo taken from a train of a wind farm at dusk, with snow dusting the ground
A snow-covered wind farm in the UK, as seen by train – 📸 Samantha Hopkins

Oh no I have saved up too much, too many links. But it's a minor Christmas miracle, a bumper crop of end-of-year links and interesting reading. Enjoy!

Nvidia acknowledges green imperatives

You could be forgiven for thinking it was not even on their radar, given the insane new power consumption of the 4000 series cards, but hey, the message is getting through.

What Is Green Computing?
Green computing, also called sustainable computing, aims to maximize energy efficiency and minimize environmental impact in the ways computer chips, systems and software are designed and used.

Nintendo joycon repair preferable to replacement?

Why is it so darn hard to repair something under warranty rather than replace it? The Verge wonders if "incredible customer service might be bad for the environment"? This seems like an odd way to frame it to me, but sure.

"Google UK signs 100MW PPA, data centers near 90 percent renewables"

The new deal will mean that Google's facilities are expected to operate at or near 90 percent carbon-free energy (CFE) on an hourly basis in 2025, up from a projected 67 percent.

More here.

LTT looks as the “glamfurbishung” trend

This is a super interesting reuse trend for replaced, last-gen office computing technology that still has some life left in it.

Green Software Foundation has an alpha version of their Software Carbon Intensity specification

This is one to watch, for sure. Lots of practical applications!

GitHub - Green-Software-Foundation/software_carbon_intensity: A specification that describes how to calculate a carbon intensity for software applications.
A specification that describes how to calculate a carbon intensity for software applications. - GitHub - Green-Software-Foundation/software_carbon_intensity: A specification that describes how to c...

French agency for ecological transition – ADEME – released a new report on "the environmental impact of digitalization of cultural services"

Thanks for the tip-off Maxime! The ADEME Library page is in French, but the report itself is in English. There's case studies of choosing to play games, watch films and listen to music "digitally" vs analogue versions. Looks very very useful!

Environmental impact assessment of the digitalization of cultural services - La librairie ADEME

Europe moves closer to implementing the carbon border adjustment mechanism

Will be interesting to see what this does to things like steel prices worldwide, and which countries are able to take advantage of low carbon production methods.

EU becomes first leading economy to legislate for ‘green tariff’ on imports
Countries that fail to decarbonise industries such as iron and steel face an effective carbon tax

EU looking at data centres… in SPACE???

It's the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism, after all.

European Commission to study possible datacenters in orbit
No atmosphere to pollute, but who’s going to go up and change that failed drive?

The FTC in the US wants comments on an energy labelling initiative and right to repair in the US

If you're in the US (or your organization is) then please get onto this and make a submission. Comments are open till Jan 31.

Federal Trade Commission Extends Public Comment Period on Initiative to Reduce Energy Costs and Strengthen Right-to-Repair
On October 17, 2022, the Federal Trade Commis

An infographic explaining the new UN net zero method for companies

The new net zero ISO standard (like all ISO standards) can be a bit confusing, but this visual guide to the process is really stragithforward. Super recommended for sharing with any organization still scractching their head about where to start. (And as always, feel free to reach out to AfterClimate for more personalised assistance).

Infographic: Net Zero Guidelines for Non-State Entities
We analyse the quantity and quality of net zero targets across all nations, the 2000 largest publicly-traded companies, and many of the worlds’s biggest regions and cities.

On the race to capture newly exposed arctic resources

France bans  shor haul flights where lower emissions alternatives already exist

Need more trains, and fast ones.

France given go-ahead to abolish internal flights
France’s ban on domestic short haul flights has just been approved by the European Commission.

Yet more reason to be extremely cautious of the use of offsets

This new bit of research is extremely worrying for those pinning their hopes on the use of carbon offsets, and specifically forestry related credits:

“When we looked at satellite tracking of carbon levels and logging activity in California forests, we found that carbon isn’t increasing in the state’s 37 offset project sites any more than in other areas, and timber companies aren’t logging less than they did before.”
Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California
Millions of dollars have gone into California’s forest carbon offset program – with little new carbon storage to show for it, a new study suggests.

Two new IEA reports – on heat pumps and govt spending on clean energy

As winter hits Europe hard this year, the IEA releases a report on the potential for heat pumps – which use refrigerant gasses to capture latent heat either directly from the outside air or the ground –

The Future of Heat Pumps – Analysis - IEA
The Future of Heat Pumps - Analysis and key findings. A report by the International Energy Agency.

How much are govts spending on renewables? Well now we know...

Government Energy Spending Tracker – Analysis - IEA
Government Energy Spending Tracker - Analysis and key findings. A report by the International Energy Agency.

Thread on new research into trade association spending by fossil fuel lobbies

The figures are super damning, they're still spending billions. Follow the money, indeed.

Speaking of money: HSBC announces no new finance for oil and gas

But “this new loosely defined commitment does not apply to shale gas”. Still, it's a step in the right direction.

HSBC announces it will no longer finance new oil and gas fields –…
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Climate Doom Corner

Reuters reports on the 20,000+ excess deaths due to heatwaves in Europe this year. Really depressing stuff. A reminder of why we do what we do.

Europe’s heatwave may have caused more than 20,000 ‘excess’ deaths
Summer heatwaves in France, Germany, Spain and Britain led to more than 20,000 “excess” deaths, a report compiling official figures said on Thursday.

Have a great holiday period everyone, hope its a good recharge. We'll be back in the new year with more.