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  • COVER SLIDE Introduce the presentation. Go through the practical details for the webinar such as duration of presentation, time for questions and mechanism for posing questions.
  • Learning Objective: Understand the links among the three aspects of a GHG inventory Key Learning Points: Handbook: Contains the procedures IMS: Contains data Inventory: Contains several types of data (public, for stakeholders, pour management, for employees, etc.) Instructor Notes:
  • Learning Objective : Learn about recommended aspects of data quality procedures Key Points to Register : The standard provides some recommendations for quality management procedures in the Annex (these are not mandatory requirements, but represent good practice guidance) The GHG IMS is mentioned in both a monitoring and data management context – use your judgment in terms of where to document it … the important thing is that it is documented somewhere. Instructor Notes : These are just some procedures to consider, others are provided on the following slide Prepared by: Greenhouse Gas Verification Services Version 1: February 2006 Module 2: Slide
  • Learning Objective : Learn about one way of structuring a data quality management plan Key Points to Register : The case study approach shown here is just one possibility – the plan should be tailored to individual project / intended user requirements Instructor Notes : Talk briefly about the intro/definitions and plan objective statement here. Other elements listed on this slide will be discussed in the slides that follow. Prepared by: Greenhouse Gas Verification Services Version 1: February 2006 Module 2: Slide
  • Learning Objective : Consider the importance of data security Key Points to Register : Data should be protected from intentional or unintentional loss or corruption. Key reasons: Fire, hardware failure, etc. could completely destroy project data; if no back-up is in place, project reporting might be impossible Not having security controls to prevent intentional data manipulation or unintentional corruption raises the audit risk for a verification, and could jeopardize GHG assertions. Consider IT, physical and back-up/archiving security procedures Instructor Notes : Provide some examples to illustrate the potential consequences of not having security procedures in place Prepared by: Greenhouse Gas Verification Services Version 1: February 2006 Module 2: Slide
  • Overview carbonaccountingprotocol v1

    1. 1. Today’s Presentation: Green IT Carbon Accounting Protocol Presented By: Pierre Boileau Senior Advisor, Climate Change
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>1) Presentation (20 Minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Background on Green IT Carbon Accounting Protocol </li></ul><ul><li>Work of Carbon Assessment Group </li></ul><ul><li>Progress on Key Technical Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul>2) Q & A (10 Minutes)
    3. 3. Background on Green IT Carbon Accounting Protocol
    4. 4. Need for Carbon Accounting in Green IT <ul><li>Green IT: Complex definition. Focused primarily on energy efficiency, now also looking at decarbonization. As IT infrastructure grows, emissions and impact become greater. </li></ul><ul><li>Data Centres: CANARIE project and GreenStar focused on dramatically improving data centre efficiency and decarbonizing data centre services. Virtualization a key component. </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: Academia, private sector and NGOs. Carbon accounting expertise in CSA as well as development of consensus-based documents. IT expertise in most other partners. Working to merge the two. </li></ul><ul><li>Market Need: Data centres and IT providers want to demonstrate social responsibility by accounting for and reducing their impacts. Market advantage might also be possible. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Approach to Carbon Accounting Functional Unit Carbon Credits Data Centre Additionality Can processes be streamlined? Where can emissions be reduced? Where are emissions occurring? Workload Cooling IT Infrastructure PUE Regulatory Common Practice Financial Baseline
    6. 6. Carbon Assessment Group
    7. 7. Carbon Accounting and IT Expertise <ul><li>Sub-group of Greenstar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GRC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rackforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inocybe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal Consulting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weekly calls to develop key concepts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to establish functional equivalence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to track progress over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baselines and additionality </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Decision Making Process <ul><li>Three main components to making decisions within the CAG </li></ul>Paper or Seed Document Group Discussion on Issue Text in Protocol Agreement on Path Forward
    9. 9. Technical Issues Discussed <ul><li>What type of project is covered by Protocol </li></ul><ul><li>What is equivalent workload between project and baseline; </li></ul><ul><li>What are appropriate measurement metrics (e.g. PUE) </li></ul><ul><li>What do the calculation equations look like </li></ul><ul><li>How do we justify that the project is additional </li></ul>
    10. 10. Outcomes on Key Technical Issues
    11. 11. 2 Scopes to the Protocol <ul><li>Project activities involving improvements to ICT facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>changing the environment of the ICT equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improving the efficiency of the facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>changing the energy source to renewable energy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project activities involving improvements to ICT services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improvement in the delivery of ICT services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physical improvements for higher efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>migration of machines, applications, or other services (e.g. collocation or consolidation) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. UPS Heating & Cooling Misc including lighting etc. Processor Memory Disk? Network Storage Switchgear Back up Power Source Transformer Grid or Primary Power Source To the Net Alternate Power Source Scope 1 Project Scope Scope 1 Project Scope Scope 2 Project Scope IT Facility
    13. 13. Workload is equivalent (don’t need to measure) <ul><li>Workload is equal to demand for services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand for services should be equivalent before and after project implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small differential due to ‘greenness’ of data centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can ignore that and still be conservative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complexity of measuring workload justifies this approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No clear definition of data centre workload </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of service agreements all different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of service agreements confidential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurements of workload not standardized at this point </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. PUE is appropriate metric <ul><li>Becoming better defined </li></ul><ul><li>USEPA Energy Star using PUE </li></ul><ul><li>Works best for physical improvements to data centres </li></ul><ul><li>Not as appropriate for improvements to services </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to construct equations </li></ul>
    15. 15. Calculation Equations
    16. 16. Additionality Would the project go ahead without incentive from carbon credits? Is it required by regulation? Is it common practice for the sector? Is it the most profitable choice that could have been made?
    17. 17. Next Steps
    18. 18. International Technical Advisory Group <ul><li>Review draft protocol </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide technical input on key issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggest alternative approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate back to their constituencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain broad buy-in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Road-test protocol </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use it to see if there are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps not enough guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test for practicality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report back and incorporate comments </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Public Comment Period <ul><li>Part of normal CSA process: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone who hasn’t been involved can be; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical advisory group must disposition comments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures broad awareness of protocol before publication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creates ‘buzz’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Publication <ul><li>To broader community of users : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used for GRC – Rackforce project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstration case </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project documents registered and emission reductions serialized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA GHG CleanProjects TM Registry </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Follow the Sun, Follow the Wind <ul><li>May be useful for other portions of CANARIE project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantification can be done at the service level; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtualization, consolidation, co-location can be ‘measured’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful for broader IT industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulate more efficient use of data centres </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Are you ready to get started? www.csa.carbonperformance.org Sign up to receive Download Upcoming Carbon Management Training Courses – Register Now To Receive An Early Bird Discount
    23. 23. Thank you This presentation provides an overview of the status of the protocol development process for Green IT. It is aimed at professionals with an interest or emerging responsibility in the management of emission reduction projects in the field of Green IT. For questions regarding this presentation or information on how you can get started in managing carbon performance in your organization, contact: Paul Steenhof at [email_address] Chris Weber at [email_address] CSA Standards, one of the world’s largest standards organizations, offers a range of climate change services to help companies and organizations measure and manage their carbon footprint, including preparing carbon inventories and management plans to help reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. In addition, CSA Standards is a leader in certifying professionals to verify and quantify GHG emissions. Ensuring a consistent means of measuring and reporting emissions is the foundation for improving performance and a cap-and-trade system. With locations across North America, including a primary office in Cleveland, Ohio, CSA Standards provides tools and solutions for organizations to improve carbon performance and help meet the new EPA reporting requirements. About CSA Standards