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Free green IT support for small businesses

Rebecca Thomson

Environmental charity Global Action Plan has launched free green IT support for businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

The charity says large businesses have seen both financial and environmental benefits from green IT measures and says it wants small and medium-sized companies to have access to the same advantages.

The programme will provide a minimum of 12 hours IT support, with the charity working with the company to identify where savings and improvements can be made.

It will target energy costs, carbon emissions, hardware costs, minimising toxic e-waste and marketing of environmental credentials.

Each business that takes part will receive a certificate of green IT achievement and assistance with meeting further environmental standards.

Conrad Healy, an advisor at Global Action Plan, said, "SMEs are a driving force of the UK economy, making up more than half of the UK's GDP and even more of its workforce. Improvements in the environmental footprint of this sector of the economy can significantly contribute to the UK's environmental goals, yet it is an area largely overlooked by government legislation, such as recent initiatives to combat climate change."

Global Action Plan is also holding free workshops offering an introduction to Green IT and the business support programme. For more information email greenit@globalactionplan.org.uk, call 020 7420 4444, or visit www.greenict.org.uk.

The scheme is currently available only in London, with some free support in Exeter, because of funding restrictions.


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