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14 Feb 2008 04:02:49

IT industry to reduce carbon footprint

IT industry to reduce carbon footprint
Intellect, the trade association for IT professionals in the UK, has set out a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the tech industry, it has emerged.

The document, entitled High Tech: Low Carbon, set out a number of strategies for the industry to improve its energy efficiency, particularly as the IT industry currently accounts for around two per cent of total global carbon emissions.

A total of 26 low-carbon technologies have been identified as ways different sectors across the economy can reduce their emissions, including a system of carbon accounting, which it claimed may drive demand for energy-efficient products and services.

"It should … be clear that the technology sector is embracing the challenge of energy," said John Higgins, director general of Intellect.

The study claimed that the technology industry can achieve the goal of a 30 per cent improvement in the efficiency of IT equipment by 2030 easily, particularly with improvements to the standby modes of LCD and plasma flatscreens.

According to ZDNet.co.uk, devices such as Bye Bye Standby, which switches plugs off with a remote control feature, can also help businesses cut their carbon emissions.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18468511-ADNFCR

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