How Technology is Transforming the Circular Economy

first_imgIncreasing efficiencies and shrinking footprints in the IT industryWhen it comes to expanding the circular economy, the IT industry is one of the effort’s greatest enablers — especially when technology provides scalable solutions that drive real value. In fact, global sustainability experts have identified seven distinct types of digital technology that already do or soon will play a critical role in implementing and furthering thousands of circularity initiatives: digital access, cloud, cognitive, blockchain, fast internet, IoT and digital reality. Of those, three are driving particularly impressive advancements across multiple circularity business models:However, the computing power that drives these technologies can use an enormous amount of resources — from electricity to power equipment and water for cooling facilities to physical materials and manufacturing impacts. To take leadership and develop credibility as a circular solution, IT-based businesses need to apply their expertise towards developing solutions that not only help other circularity initiatives in other industries, but also “clean their own house.”Cloud technology holds perhaps the greatest potential for promoting sustainability within the IT industry itself. Virtual servers that operate in the cloud function like physical computing resources, but without additional infrastructure that demands more real estate and more power. The cloud allows organizations to shrink the number of servers, storage, appliances and networking devices that a physical configuration requires. This creates multiple benefits that support a circular economy. For example, virtualization allows for greater utilization of existing resources, which means less equipment and less energy demand. Getting the most from the equipment in use also reduces the amount of resources needed to build new equipment and, at the end of its life, there is also less e-waste — a key environmental responsibility within the technology industry.“If you think about a company with 1,000 servers in a non-virtualized scenario and they virtualized, that could bring it down to 200 servers — an 80% reduction in IT infrastructure. Now, multiply that globally,” says Nicola Peill-Moelter: Director Sustainability Innovation, Office of the CTO, VMware.But the impact doesn’t stop there; it’s exponential, expanding beyond just energy and carbon footprints. Having fewer data centers also reduces the burden on the electric grid, possibly avoiding new power plants and the water and emissions impacts they create. Less equipment also means reduced manufacturing waste. Land that was being used to house this infrastructure can be repurposed with sustainability in mind. Finally, fewer coal-fired plant emissions could mean fewer health problems — saving even more precious global resources.Ultimately, cloud services providers are often in a much better position to manage overall IT equipment utilization, power and cooling efficiency and energy sourcing. This efficiency means fewer servers to perform a set amount of work, maximal energy efficiency and potentially significant reductions in the carbon footprint associated with the computing.Beyond its sustainability benefits, virtualization also allows for organizations to deploy and adjust digital operations more quickly, with easy scalability, which can reduce costs and boost revenue. And as the role of technology in promoting sustainability continues to increase, a multitude of untapped business opportunities are being created as well.Another digital element impacting the IT industry’s own circularity practices is cognitive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Workstations from Dell Technologies include underlying firmware that learns how a person uses their computer, and then edits its own code to optimize performance based on those patterns — which drives down energy use and increases user efficiency. Another AI feature from Dell enables predictive maintenance on computer hardware. Instead of waiting for a part to wear out, an algorithm calculates when a part is likely to fail and sends out a replacement part before any outages happen. Any replaced parts that are still functional or reparable are then refurbished and reused.“Any time we can get to the point where we’re taking the latencies out of the system, we drive efficiencies and do better for our world,” says Anthony Dina: Director, Big Data & Analytics, Dell Technologies.Looking forward, it’s important the IT innovations be created not just for innovations’ sake, but instead to develop digital with a purpose. Nicola Peill-Moelter, Director of Sustainability Innovation at VMware, hopes to one day see advances like compostable servers. “The key”, she says with regard to advancements, “is watching — where the world is going, where the customer is going, and where technology is going.”But the impact of technology reaches far beyond its own industry when it comes to the circular economy. My next blog will explore how technology is enabling sustainability in fields as diverse as farming, medicine, and manufacturing — and what the future holds there.last_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgBroward Legal Aid targets at-risk kids Legal Aid Service of Broward County has recently begun a new program, the Bridge, to help meet the needs of at-risk children in Broward County. The Bridge will serve young people who are in the dependency system due to abuse and neglect and who also have juvenile court issues. The program will advocate for children so that they receive services that are beneficial to them in building a better future and assuring good coordination of the child’s case. The Equal Justice Works Foundation has provided funding for a two-year fellowship to establish the Bridge project. Equal Justice Works is the country’s leading organization engaged in coordinating, training, and supporting public service minded law students and is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the country. Melissa Zeiniker has joined Legal Aid as staff attorney and project coordinator for the Bridge.Cummings to lead Brevard Paralegals The Brevard Paralegal Association recently installed Cathleen Cummings as its new president. Other officers include First Vice President Nandra Ramnarine; Second Vice President JoAnn Daszuta; Treasurer Kay Jones; Recording Secretary Renee Roche; Corresponding Secretary Shirley Gaier; and Member-at-Large Cynthia Martinez. The association also presented its 2002 Community Service Award to lawyer Leonard Spielvogel and its Professional Development Scholarship to Cynthia Martinez. Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, gave the keynote address. The Brevard Paralegal Association holds dinner meetings on the second Thursday of each month featuring local attorneys and judges as speakers, at the Hilton Melbourne Airport (Rialto) Hotel. For more information, call Cummings at (321) 308-8020.Leopold to lead PB B’nai B’rith Theodore J. Leopold has been appointed president of the B’nai B’rith Palm Beach Justice Unit. B’nai B’rith is one of the world’s oldest service organizations, having been founded in 1843, and is active in 56 countries on six continents. Through many avenues, B’nai B’rith members make a difference for the community by making significant and positive contributions. The B’nai B’rith Palm Beach Justice Unit is a local chapter of B’nai B’rith International. BriefsMiami pro bono effort recognized nationally The University of Miami School of Law’s HOPE Program (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts) recently won two national awards for its public interest work. The program was awarded the 2002 Award for Outstanding Public Service Project, from Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law. The award honors HOPE’s inaugural Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project. Working with Legal Services of Greater Miami, HOPE recruited 23 law student volunteers who worked a total of 380 hours from January through April 15 of this year to provide 162 low income, disabled, and elderly individuals with help in the preparation of tax forms and other assistance. The program also received the ABA Law Student Division’s Award for Rookie Site of the Year, which honors the best new VITA site in the country. HOPE matches UM law students with legal and community service organizations. The program lets UM students serve underrepresented populations, helping public interest agencies that lack the budget to hire clerks.UF law journal now available The spring 2002 issue of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy is now available. The issue features articles on a wide range of legal and business policy issues including health care and collective bargaining. Journal contributors are as diverse as the issues they talk about. Contributions are from legal professionals and educators nationwide. The issue features “Florida’s Sunshine Law: The Undecided Legal Issue,” by Peter H. Seed; “Collective Bargaining in the Elite Professions — Doctors’ Application of the Labor Law Model to Negotiations with Health Care Providers,” by Tracey I. Levy; and “A Drug by Any Other Name Is Still a Drug: Why the Florida Judiciary Should Start Treating DUI as any Other Drug Offense,” by Gail Sasnett-Stauffer and E. John Gregory. Additionally, the student works published have contributed to the array of policy issues examined in this latest journal installment. Of note is “The Patentability of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Results,” by Damon J. Whitaker, and “Case Comment is Constitutional Law: The Eleventh Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment and Rational Basis Review, Board of Trustees v. Garrett, 121 S. Ct. 955 (2001),” by Scott Givens. For subscription information contact Victoria A. Redd at [email protected] November 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Briefslast_img read more

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Jaguars Franchise League 3-Day tournament reaches final round

first_imgTHE Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League Three-day tournament will conclude this weekend with its final round of matches, starting today at four different venues countrywide.Table-toppers, Lower Corentyne will clash with West Berbice at Port Mourant, while West Demerara and Essequibo will do battle at the Tuschen Community Centre ground, Georgetown will host Upper Corentyne at GCC and East Coast Demerara will play East Bank at Enterprise.Lower Corentyne have played unbeaten in the eight-team tournament so far, and in the process have accumulated 95.3 points.West Demerara are second on the points table with 76.8. The points standings for the remaining teams read: East Coast Demerara (68.5), Upper Corentyne (51.2), Essequibo (41.6), Georgetown (40.9), West Berbice (32.5) and East Bank (258.5).Apart from the Three-day competition, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) also has in the pipeline a Jaguars 50-over League and the Jaguars Premier League T20 tournament.Replacing the traditional Inter-county competition, the leagues will be streamlined to feed into the WICB’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day competition and the Regional Super50, as well as the Caribbean Premier League T20.last_img read more

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Liverpool maintain unbeaten home record with victory over Stoke

first_imgLIVERPOOL closed the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points and moved back to second in the league after maintaining their unbeaten home record with a convincing victory over Stoke.Jon Walters headed home at his near post, highlighting the home team’s vulnerability in defence, to give Stoke an early lead.But Liverpool responded positively after a disjointed start, with Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino scoring before the break as the hosts took the lead.Jurgen Klopp’s men made sure of the win, which moves them one point ahead of third-placed Manchester City – whom they play on New Year’s Eve – when Giannelli Imbula directed Divock Origi’s cross into his own net.Adding gloss to the scoreline was Daniel Sturridge, who scored his first league goal of the season – and Liverpool’s 100th under manager Klopp.There was a period in the first half when Liverpool looked exposed. Simon Mignolet, again preferred in goal to Loris Karius as Klopp stuck to the team which started the derby win against Everton, should have saved Walters’ close-range header.It was a mistake which will once again open up the debate over who should be the manager’s first-choice goalkeeper. But, in attack, the Reds were as quick, incisive and destructive as they have been throughout the season.Liverpool have now scored 86 league goals in 2016 – their most in a calendar year since 1989 – and they ended the match having made a total of 20 shots, six of which were on target.Once the impressive Lallana equalised, sweeping home from an acute angle and punishing Glen Johnson for his failure to clear the danger inside his six-yard box, Liverpool were completely dominant.And there was a sense of inevitability when Firmino, allowed to turn unchallenged in the box, scored – his low shot bouncing in off the far and then near post.As has been the case for the majority of this season, Sadio Mane and James Milner were key cogs, with the latter’s tireless runs down the left flank giving Stoke an extra worry.Walters’ goal was only the third league goal Stoke have scored at Anfield in 40 years.Stoke, now winless in four league games, caused Liverpool’s defence a number of problems in the first half, with former players Peter Crouch and Joe Allen instrumental for the Potters.Crouch, starting for the first time since August, held the ball up well while the tigerish Allen played like a man eager to prove a point to the club that sold him to Stoke for £13M in the summer. Indeed, the Welshman could have doubled the visiting team’s advantage but instead forced a fine save from Mignolet.Stoke sought to contain their opponents by attacking them and it was a ploy which worked until Liverpool levelled and Mark Hughes’ men suddenly found themselves penned inside their own half as the hosts confidently sprayed the ball around.Defensive errors contributed to Stoke’s downfall, with Johnson culpable for the equaliser, while the visitors ceded possession too easily in their own half for Liverpool’s third and Ryan Shawcross’ clumsy pass back to goalkeeper Lee Grant allowed Sturridge a clear run through on goal within a minute of his introduction.Having recovered from a terrible start to the season, Stoke now find themselves in another sticky run, though there is a seven-point cushion between them and the relegation zone.last_img read more

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