IT challenges and opportunities

When you implement your green IT policy, The Green IT Report can help you meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities.

Green IT facts and figures to help you tackle emissions
  • 2008 estimates reckoned that emissions from manufacturing, transporting, using and disposing of IT and communications equipment accounted for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  
  • This was expected to rise to 3% in 2020 – almost three times the total UK emissions in 2009.
  • In 2007 IT and communications equipment accounted for 10% of the UK’s electricity consumption. A quarter of this is in data centres, which house much of the IT used by business and government.
  • A lot of the power used by IT is simply wasted. Estimates suggest that up to a quarter of all PCs are left running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Many servers are doing no useful work at all and still use 60% of their maximum power load when idle.

    Advice on how to minimise your IT energy use

    Using less IT energy will help you save money, comply with corporate strategy and meet sustainability targets.

    There are lots of things you can do, from installing PC power management software to a complete data centre re-fit.

    You need to start by making sure your IT department is responsible for its own power bills.  What you can’t measure you can’t manage.

    But this is the tip of the iceberg.

    The Smart 2020 report, published in 2008 by The Climate Group, identified how ICT (Information and Communications Technology) could reduce emissions five times greater than those generated by the sector itself. It can do this through:
    • Dematerialisation – replacing real-world activity with online equivalents, such as video conferencing instead of travel.
    • Smart industry – monitoring energy use so you can make changes to manufacturing systems and processes.
    • Smart transport – increasing the efficiency of logistics operations by improving the design of transport networks and organising better and more flexible distribution operations.
    • Smart buildings – designing, constructing and operating buildings more efficiently, doing things like running the heating and cooling systems according to occupants’ needs.

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