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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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Green IT is a buzz phrase but in the UK and US uptake is slow

 

US group, Verizon Wireless, this week announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in an effort to cut its emissions and come up with marketable energy-saving technologies.
 
NREL, as part of the US Department of Energy (DOE), more often works with clean power developers in solar and wind as energy efficiency improvement is a major goal of the DOE.
 
Verizon aims to work with NREL on two key areas: making its data centres more energy-efficient and cutting energy use at homes and businesses with the aid of Verizon’s technologies.
 
Green IT has become a buzz phrase recently but the success of the big corporations’ energy saving efforts has been mixed, especially when it comes to smart grids. Google and Microsoft both made headlines last month when they axed energy-management software and portals due to lack of interest from customers.
 
Yesterday, the 2011 E2 (Energy + Environment) Study, conducted by US firm, Market Strategies, announced that 72 percent of American consumers admit they know little about smart grids and smart meters. Less than a quarter of respondents say they fully understand the concepts.. However, when they are given basic information, the vast majority say it should be a priority issue and strongly support the implementation.
 
The ICT industry accounted for 2 percent of the global carbon emissions in 2007 according to US IT research company, Gartner. The SMART 2020 report by The Climate Group said the ICT industry contributed 0.53 billion tons of emissions in 2002 and will likely put out 1.43 gigatons in 2020 if no special actions are taken and it seems the UK may be one of the guiltier parties.
 
Earlier this month, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) released the first results of a study of low-carbon ICT leadership among national governments. Japan is in front in the rankings. Denmark and Germany are in joint second place, followed by Ireland and the EU as a whole. The other countries in the top 10 are the Netherlands, Australia, Finland, Romania and India. 
 
So why isn't the UK in the low-carbon ICT rankings? Well, the intention seems good. The government has promised a green ICT strategy in the next four or five months and there are also plans to use ICT to reduce carbon emissions in delivering government services, making government ICT carbon neutral by 2012.
 
But, looking deeper, it seems that the main vehicle for this is to be carbon offsetting - the process of buying credits from emissions reductions projects to make up for the carbon cutbacks an organisation is unable or unwilling to make itself – and using the ICT budget to buy these means less money to invest in technology with the net result being a failure to achieve potential emissions savings. 
 
What should we be doing to promote green ICT and smart grids? Should we abandon carbon offsetting and use the funds to buy new greener technology? Does money need to be invested in greater public awareness of the advantages of smart meters? Please post your comments.  
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