IBM is looking to develop a greenhouse
gas meter capable of measuring output by industries and devices.
It is working with Enterprise Information Management and Evergreen
Energy on the project, which is dubbed GreenCert. The project
integrates IBM Websphere tools and applications with a central engine
from C-Lock (a subsidiary of Evergreen Energy).
program uses the varied logistic information it gathers from the
Websphere tools to create a snapshot of the company's current usage
and calculate an approximate figure for usage.
promises financial rewards as companies who use the system can make
improvements to their infrastructure and then use the tool to take an
"after" picture which will provide companies with proof of
their cuts which can be used to obtain carbon credits to be traded on
the carbon market.
IBM will release the final version of the
software in 2008, but for now it is available
for beta test from C-Lock is beta testing it.
software seems very vague and abstract, and IBM is keeping much of
the details under wraps; it is hard to say how serious IBM is about
this project as a business venture. IBM insists that companies
will see real financial benefits by utilizing this program,
Cutting CO2 production is the hot item in
the science and tech industry today. Grey-matter
heavy Oxford University, the U.S.
Congress, and now, IBM are among the power players work to
develop efforts to help solve this problem.
IBM is constantly coming up with wild
products and ideas -- everything from supercomputers,
advertisements, and patents for efficient
job outsourcing. It also recently came up with a new
way to recycle silicon.