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Reducing carbon emissions in a core system

Reducing carbon emissions in a core system

UBM and Microsoft shift computational tasks in CO2-reduced times

This whitepaper discusses the first enterprise-scale implementation of carbon-aware computing, a collaboration between UBS and Microsoft under the Green Software Foundation (GSF) umbrella. Using the GSF Software Carbon Intensity (SCI) specification and carbon-aware-sdk tooling, the partners implemented a time-shifting strategy for UBS's risk platform, running workloads during periods of lower carbon intensity in the grid. This approach is projected to prevent multiple metric tons of CO2eq from entering the atmosphere annually.

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Foundational basic Patterns

Eliminate activities

Eliminate unnecessary activities

Buffer information

Buffer external information and subscribe to updates

Work in customer teams

Form cross-department teams for end-to-end case handling.

Empower resources

Empower workers for more decision-making authority

Establish standardized interfaces

Consider a standardized interface with customers and partners

Human Process Performance

Consider whether it is eco-friendly to let humans work over machines

Preference-based task assignment

Let people do what they love to do

Workload-based task assignment

Allocate tasks based on individuals' incomplete workload

Cost-based task assignment

Delegate tasks according to resource cost


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Shift Workload

Execute tasks when the grid is powered by renewable energy

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