20 Nov 2008 04:11:44
IT industry urged to go green
The IT industry has been urged to adopt an EU code on sustainability.
Lord Hunt, minister for sustainable development and energy innovation, urged the industry to adopt the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.
Data centres are sites where computer servers are stored and according the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, account for three per cent of world electricity use, with the figure set to double by 2020.
Lord Hunt said: "If we are to tackle dangerous climate change, we need to reduce emissions and the decision businesses make play a key role in meeting this challenge. By signing up to this new code of conduct companies can save energy and save money too, which goes to show that what's good for the environment is good for business."
A recent study from Worldwide Fund for Nature and Gartner, which involved 24 ICT providers, revealed that information communication technology leaders did not have greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and were "immature" in their environmental programmes.
"An overall greenhouse gas target is one of the most basic requirements of a climate change programme, and without it organisations should be sceptical about a provider's overall climate change programme," said Simon Mingay, research vice-president at Gartner.http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm