IT directors turn green

Senior IT professionals are overwhelmingly concerned about their organisation's impact on the environment, new research has shown.

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Senior IT professionals are overwhelmingly concerned about their organisation's impact on the environment, new research has shown.

A survey of 100 IT directors and managers from across industry found that 98% were concerned about the impact of their own organisation on the environment, with 56% saying they were very concerned.

All of those surveyed said more needed to be done to reduce the damage UK companies are inflicting on the ecosystem.

Nearly one fifth of respondents to the survey carried out by document management software firm Version One thought a combination of financial incentives, legislation and a “green” education programme were needed to reduce the negative environmental impact of UK firms.

Another 17% said financial incentives alone were the answer, while 13% thought legislation alone would encourage businesses to become more eco-friendly and 16% thought environmental education would be sufficient.

Tony Bray, director of Version One, said: "Climate change is a major threat and it's absolutely imperative that IT professionals do not rest on their laurels, but instead demonstrate that they care through actions as well as words.”

Recycling electrical equipment, promoting energy saving practices, cutting down on CO2 emissions and investing in green technologies were all steps IT managers could take, he added.

Earlier this week, a coalition of technology companies launched the Green Grid, which aims to improve energy efficiency in datacentres and promote green technologies.

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