Having an environmental policy provides a framework for action, for setting objectives and targets, and sends a clear signal from management to stakeholders and employees. The inclusion of a network management system enhanced with green networking measures, can help to evaluate, report and improve an organisation's environmental performance.
An operational approach to green network management typically includes the following areas:
Purchasing “green electricity” – or more general power from renewable energy resources – is seen by many companies and institutions as a good way to decrease the environmental impacts of its activities. In practice, however, determining which types of green power actually have a real beneficial effect on global climate change is a very complex issue, including both environmental and political aspects.
Partners in the GÉANT Green team, and other NRENs and organisations, are researching methods of dynamically allocating network resources to maximise the use of renewable energy. Based on the work conducted within the GÉANT Green team, several successful test cases are deployed and useful conclusions regarding the difficulties faced on the deployment as well as the operational face are extracted.
The partners in Green GÉANT have introduced and completed initiatives aimed at reducing environmental impacts in general and emission of GHG in particular in their networking and computational infrastructure. These initiatives that are related with the operators’ perspective on increasing energy efficiency are related with the following areas: