Green computing 'increasingly relevant'
The energy efficiency of IT departments is becoming an increasingly important issue, it has emerged.
With corporate social responsibility receiving ever-more attention in the media and Whitehall pushing through a raft of green legislation, ComputerWeekly.com said corporations are no longer able to turn a blind eye to their excesses.
"The IT industry does use a lot of energy, and so in time - say in the next ten years - there's the real possibility that governments will look towards the IT industry specifically," predicted John-Paul Kamath, deputy technology editor for the portal.
He went on to say that managers were already beginning to heed warning signs from within the industry and that IT departments could expect to be singled out as one of the major contributors to carbon emissions.
"As more company reports mention the importance of going green - as it climbs the corporate agenda - it will become increasingly an issue that IT departments will have to deal with."
A recent report published by IT research organisation the Butler Group argued that IT managers need to look beyond the "marketing hype" and directly tackle the carbon footprint of the IT industry.
Article Date: 27 March 2008
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