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.

The latest updates

 

Power from the Sun: A new life for Dharnai, India

Blog entry by Neha Khator and Ruhie Kumar | 20 July, 2014 11 comments

In this world where we seem surrounded by news of gloom and doom, we don't often hear stories of positive change. But here is one: a story of a village that has unshackled itself from darkness, after 30 years of having its energy...

­­­­Greenpeace supports solar power energy independence for village in India

Press release | 20 July, 2014 at 9:00

Dharnai/Jehanabad, 20 July 2014 - Today, at a ceremony attended by thousands in a small village in Bihar, India, Greenpeace India and partners BASIX and CEED launched a solar-powered micro-grid that could be a game-changing model for bringing...

Antarctica's glaciers are collapsing - Are we ready to pay attention?

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 16 May, 2014 4 comments

The "irreversible collapse" of glaciers in Antarctica is dominating headlines around the world this week. News outlets are breathlessly reporting that the dramatic rise in sea levels that's now on the cards. So what does it mean?

Apple's Tim Cook sets bar for corporate climate leadership

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 23 April, 2014 2 comments

Earlier this month, the world’s top climate scientists reiterated that we are on a path to permanently change our planet, reporting that people on every continent are already feeling the impacts of global warming. If we are to preserve...

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