IT 'can make a greener world'
Changing the way people use business technology could reduce global carbon emissions by 15 per cent in the next 12 years, a new report claims.
According to the SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age report, published by the Climate Group, maximising energy efficiency using IT could also save a total of £400 billion in the same time period.
The study suggests that IT can help create "smart" buildings, logistics, energy grids and industrial motor systems, as well as cutting emissions by enabling home working and video conferencing.
Steve Howard, chief executive officer of the group, said: "Supported by innovative government policy, IT can unlock the clean green industrial revolution we need to tackle climate change and usher in a new era of low carbon prosperity."
Recently, Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, called on UK firms and the government to do more to embrace the green economy, claiming that both money and jobs can be created by doing so.
Article Date: 24 June 2008
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