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Bettina Tratz-Ryan
Research VP
14 years with Gartner
17 years in IT industry

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a research vice president in Gartner Research, leading the research agenda for environmental sustainabity that is developing recommendations for technology and service vendors and software providers worldwide. Read Full Bio

Why China’s Smart Cities need to be Green Cities

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 21, 2014

In my recent business travel to China I have come to meet the country’s growing ecological drive and awareness. China is known globally for its bad air and water pollution in cities. According to the recent report of China’s environmental development by the Environmental Protection Agency and Social Science Academic Press, Beijing registered in 2013 […]

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Innovative and Cool Technology and Service Providers Drive Sustainability Business Opportunity

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  April 18, 2014

What do eComau, reBuy, GQuotient and Vigyanlabs have in common with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)? They have been selected by Gartner as the 2014 Cool Vendor for Sustainability and Green IT for their ability to develop and innovate a product, concept or solution which is based on a creative […]

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Smart Citizen Need to trust the Internet of Things in Smart Cities

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  November 28, 2013

Don’t you sometimes wish you had services that would be tailored to your specific needs for a very specific situation? Just think about how people live in communities and cities, with all their unique characteristics as parents, elderly, businesses, workers, children, people with disabilities, and so on. This diversity makes a city a unique place […]

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US announces Climate Action Plan

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  June 25, 2013

US announces Climate Action Plan The US has announced a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that includes the reduction of green house gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by the end of 2020. It also introduces limits on emissions generated by newly build and existing power plants, which contribute to 40 percent to the […]

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Urban mobility and electric vehicle strategies lack holistic vision

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 28, 2013

There are different approaches in changing traffic patterns and transportation in cities and urban regions. Some cities have been best practice leaders in electronic tolling systems and congestion charging such as Wuhan/China and Singapore. Some have taken the wasted time for the search of parking spaces into consideration and created dynamic parking guidance systems such […]

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Sustainability Strategy in Datacenters will Become a key component of Corporate Excellence

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  May 7, 2013

Environmental sustainability, identified in the resource-conscious execution of the business environment as well as its operations of an organization, is one of the key benchmarks for corporate excellence. That benchmark is increasingly applied for corporate risk assessment, and incorporates the analysis of exposure to environmental compliance, the impact of carbon regulations, knowledge exchange and environmental […]

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Moving Intelligence into Watermanagement

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  April 23, 2013

Lots of discussion on smart grid is focusing on energy today, government subsidies and R&D ecosystems come from different industry associations and tech provider ecosystems. Water has received less attention despite  the world economic forum had published its 2013 risk report that clearly states challenges in water supply overall as one of the large economic […]

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Health check on Green and Sustainable IT Infrastructure and Operations Maturity

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  March 15, 2013

Ever wonder how green holistic IT operations really are? How your customers are integrating green performance measurements into their procurement requirements? In a world of stack rankings and sustainability competitions, it is very important to identify the maturity of the framework, the consistency of the measurements, and the impact of how organizations are integrating this […]

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COP17: Who Bears The Risks Associated With Climate Change?

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  December 2, 2011

So, there is yet another meeting of global leaders discussing global climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Cop 17, in Durban, South Africa, is expected to deliver the successor of the Kyoto Agreement, binding countries to commitments to reduce the impact of climate change. The challenges are gargantuan!!! We are […]

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Observations from a “Smarter” Operations Center in Rio de Janeiro

by Bettina Tratz-Ryan  |  November 17, 2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Smarter Cities  event hosted by IBM in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. My first experience was a visit to Rio’s Operations Center, built by the city and IBM as part of the city’s urbanization strategy to integrate 30 different agencies that manage the city and citizen’s […]

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