What is Green IT? – Green IT is the practice of environmentally sustainable computing. It consists of a set of measures that ensure IT is delivered and used in a sustainable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly way resulting in a reduced carbon footprint.
Why is it so important? – With rapidly expanding usage of IT, the industry has a responsibility to source sustainably to ensure that growth can continue and to enable a low carbon economy. As well as that, businesses can benefit financially by adopting green IT initiatives.
Example 1 – Imperial College decided to go green by replacing paper-based procurement processes with electronic ones. By the end of the first year, more than 2 million pieces of paper had been removed from the procurement process, and the savings achieved had covered the £174k cost of the project.
Example 2 – Qualcomm’s internal groups were allocated virtual machines instead of physical servers as a default policy and currently save approximately $19,000 per month in power and cooling costs.
In our infographic below, we explain in further detail the impact IT activities have on the environment and the economy. We also share with you 5 ways your business can go green by using green IT technology – saving money and reducing carbon emissions.
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