Green IT 'must stay on the agenda'

The recession should not provide IT departments with an excuse to push energy-saving initiatives off the agenda, it has been claimed.

According to silicon.com, green measures have been "dropping down the list of IT priorities" since the onset of the economic downturn, with a recent survey by the website finding that more than a quarter of respondents were no longer placing an emphasis on saving energy.

However, the business technology portal also states that aligning energy-efficiency IT targets with "broader cost-cutting initiatives" can lead to major savings in the workplace.

Cutting desktop energy use can be a relatively simple way for firms to reduce their carbon footprint, according to the website.

It cites a recent survey from research group Forrester which found that 55 per cent of the energy consumed by IT departments is used outside the data centre.

Therefore, making use of the energy management features of operating systems and having employees turn off PCs and monitors when they leave the office can significantly reduce power consumption.

In addition, installing timer switches to equipment such as printers can also keep energy use down.

According to Microsoft's recommendations for environmentally sustainable data centres, providing specific incentives for employees to make processes more energy efficient can help firms to achieve their green goals.

Published by Matt Westwood
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Friday 30th October 2009


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