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17 Mar 2011 10:03:06

Tax breaks needed to boost green IT operations

Tax breaks needed to boost green IT operations
Tax breaks will be needed if the IT industry is to become serious about making its operations greener, one expert has claimed.

Josh Boulton, publisher of Green IT Magazine, said the sector sees the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) as being just "another tax" and what is needed are tax breaks "to incentivise companies to do the right thing".

The CRC is a mandatory scheme for all large private and public sector organisations designed to boost energy efficiency. From April 2012, participants will be required to purchase allowances from the government for their CO2 emissions.

Mr Boulton said what really needs to be done is putting in place a framework and higher standards for making IT operations more environmentally friendly.

"I don't expect the government to want to pump millions of pounds into projects in the current climate, but it wouldn't cost an awful lot to put the framework in place to let private investors move into that space," he explained.

He went on to predict that 2011 will not see any major move towards greener IT operations, but rather a continuation of the gradual shift which has been seen over the past couple of years.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800465840-ADNFCR

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