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IT industry backs climate change call

Tash Shifrin

Top executives from Sun Microsystems and Vodafone are among 14 business leaders who have written to prime minister Tony Blair backing moves to tackle climate change.

In an open letter to the prime minister, the Corporate Leaders Group on climate change (CLG) said the government should act boldly to stimulate investment in low carbon technology and use negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as an opportunity to take on challenging targets.

The letter is signed by Sun Microsystems UK & Ireland managing director Trudy Norris-Grey and Sir Julian Horn-Smith, deputy chief executive of Vodafone Group, along with senior executives from Shell, Tesco, John Lewis Partnership, Unilever and other major corporations.

It sets out areas for potential collaboration between business and the government to increase action on climate change, including support for early stage low-carbon technologies, improving energy efficiency in the commercial sector and strengthening regulation.

The CLG, set up under the auspices of the Prince of Wales’ business and the environment programme, believes that a strengthened EU Emissions Trading Scheme should be key to the UK’s climate change strategy.

Richard Barrington, global lead on environmental policy at Sun Microsystems UK, said, “The government has to accelerate the move by business towards more sustainable consumption and production methods, and the only way this can be achieved is by putting in place much tougher policies and creating incentives to change behaviour.”

Increasing concern about the environment among IT professionals also sparked the launch of the Green Grid project, aimed at reducing the power consumption and heat generated by datacentres, earlier this year. The move was backed by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and AMD.

 


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