Cool IT Challenge

The IT sector is uniquely positioned to help the world shift to a prosperous clean energy economy, and the Cool IT Challenge is urging IT companies to put forth innovation, mitigate their own carbon footprint, and advocate for significant policy changes in the mutual interest of business and the climate.

I have always believed that IT is an engine of an efficient economy; it can also drive a greener one.

Michael Dell, Forbes Magazine Nov 2009

Greenpeace launched the Cool IT Challenge in 2009 to call on Information Technology (IT) companies to power technological solutions needed to fight climate change.

In 2008, The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) issued a report, called SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age, which showed how the IT sector can reduce economy-wide global emissions of up to 15 percent by 2020.

Read our factsheet or head over to the leaderboard to learn more about the Cool IT Challenge.

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Solarizing Greece is a way out of the crisis

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 31 July, 2015 4 comments

Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the...

Solarnia: How to sustain paradise

Blog entry by Cristiana De Lia | 28 July, 2015

Something truly amazing has happened in the last few days. In Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece and Hungary, local residents, tourists, activists and volunteers have been teaming up to worship the sun. Their sun-soaked countries hosted...

Solutions to Greek crisis: Greenpeace Greece launches crowdfunded solar campaign

Press release | 27 July, 2015 at 16:24

Rhodes, Greece, 27 July, 2015 – Twenty-one Greenpeace activists from Italy, Spain and Greece today spread a 600 square meter arrow banner reading ‘Oil is fueling Greek debt’, pointing at a Greek oil-fired power plant under construction on the...

Bold and beautiful solar projects from around the world

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 24 July, 2015 4 comments

China is building its largest solar plant covering 6,301 acres in the Gobi desert  and with capacity to provide electricity to 1 million households! This is just another record breaker for China. But there's good reason. In a ...

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