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Sustainability News 13 May 2024: GreenOps, DigitalBridge, Salesforce Summer, More

May 13, 2024 by Joe Panettieri

Here is today’s sustainability news, research and analysis for technology partners, renewable energy consultants and green IT service providers. Today's sustainability news also involves management consultants, CIOs, chief sustainability officers (CSOs), c-suite members and climate accounting professionals.

A. Sustainable Technology, Talent, Partnerships and Green IT Alliances

1. Data Center Power Warning: DigitalBridge CEO Marc Ganzi has warned that data centers will run out of power in the next two years, Data Center Dynamics reported.

2. Partnership - Real Estate Software & Managed Services: LeaseAccelerator and Uniqus Consultech are partnering to blend consulting, managed services with lease management software. Customers run LeaseAccelerator to manage and automate 900,000 real estate and equipment leases valued at $250 billion across 2 million assets in 142 countries. The software also allows customers to manage and reduce real estate carbon emissions.

3. Carbon Accounting Software: The Salesforce Summer 2024 software release will include multiple Net Zero Cloud feature updates -- including an ESG Report Accuracy Assessment capability.

4. Research: Keep an eye on GreenOps -- the practice of minimizing a cloud environment’s carbon footprint through the efficient use of cloud resources, according to Forrester Research.

5. Leadership - Management Consulting: Kearney has promoted Richard Forrest to chair of its European business. He previously led Kearney’s global sustainability practice and energy industry vertical. We're checking to see if that sustainability role has shifted to another executive.

6. Financial Services Layoffs: Barclays has cut some employees from a team of more than 100 bankers focused on energy transition, Bloomberg reported. The cuts, which are part of broader job cuts at the company, included staffers with expertise in climate technologies, such as carbon capture and hydrogen, the report said.

B. Sustainability M&A, Investments, Funding and Green IT Business Launches

1. Accelerator: Plug and Play accelerateAZ, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), has launched a Sustainability accelerator program for sustainability-focused startups in Arizona.

2. Complete M&A List: Here's our database of all M&A deals involving green IT and renewable energy buyers, sellers and investors.

C. Regional and Global Sustainability Policies and News

1. COP29 - United States and China: The U.S.-China Climate Working Group intends to discuss methane and non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gasses at COP29 climate summit, Reuters reported.

2. United States - Real Estate: The high cost of energy-efficient materials like solar panels is curbing consumer demand for features that would make a house more "green," Reuters reported.

3. United States - New York Real Estate: The state has published this first-step guide to building decarbonization.

D. Sustainability and Green Technology Conference Calendar

  1. Intel Vision EMEA 2024 (May 14-15, London, United Kingdom)
  2. Open EV Charging Summit (May 15-16, Dallas, Texas)
  3. Sustainable Skies World Summit (May 15-16, Farnborough, United Kingdom)
  4. MI Healthy Climate Conference 2024 (May 16-17, Lansing, Michigan)
  5. Building a Sustainable Future: The Global Energy Transition (May 16-17, New York)
  6. Complete Calendar of Sustainability Conferences

E. Previous Updates & Future News

  1. Did You Miss Yesterday's Daily Update?: Here is our previous sustainability, green IT and renewable energy news for technology partners.
  2. Future Updates: If you have news to share then please email me the details.
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