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UK businesses need support in green IT

UK businesses have not set targets to reduce their carbon footprints because many do not understand how lower power costs can help save money in IT budgets, a study has found.

UK businesses have not set targets to reduce their carbon footprints because many do not understand how lower power costs can help save money in IT budgets, a study has found.

The Green IT Awareness Survey revealed that 79% businesses believe in the concept of greener IT but are failing to translate this belief into action.

This is despite the fact that a small server will now cost more to power during its lifecycle than it costs to purchase initially, according to findings.

Instead, enterprise users are looking to suppliers and to the Government to carry the responsibility for bringing down emissions.     

“Systems efficiency is the cheapest and easiest way of reducing the carbon footprint, and delivered properly, it has the benefit of bringing down costs across the board,” says Dan Sutherland, founder and acting chair of the Green Technology Initiative which carried out the survey.

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