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Where Sarbanes-Oxley and Energy Conservation Collide

Lora Bentley

Who would've thought that Sarbanes-Oxley could be blamed for the failure of an environmental initative? In fact, who would've thought that Sarbanes-Oxley would have any effect on the environment whatsoever?

 

At the same time, the corporate accounting/reporting law enacted to address Enron and scandals like it has so many unintended consequences that one more shouldn't surprise us.

 

With the addition of Novell and 27 other companies to the Green Grid, the coalition of companies dedicated to increasing energy efficiency, has received a lot of ink in the last week or so. This ZDNet piece discusses a data processing model known as "follow the sun." The idea is to outsource data processing work in a way that "makes best use of cheap off-peak electricity and reduces the need to over-provision data centers," the writer says.

 

It sounds good, but as one bank that tried it across Europe, Asia and the U.S. found out, the data privacy, financial reporting and access control requirements in the different countries so complicated the process that it cost more than it saved.

 

The Green Grid, the writer says, is the perfect forum for resolving such conflicts. Here's hoping its members can make significant progress toward doing so.


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