Less than a quarter of UK businesses believe a datacentre consolidation strategy could lower their carbon emissions. An Economist Intelligence Unit survey of 213 chief information officer in large businesses with more than 1,000 staff found that UK CIOs were behind their US counterparts. Only 23% of UK CIOs believed a green policy could drive datacentre consolidation compared with 50% in North America.
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The study also found that 20% of UK IT directors believed virtualisation would be the most effective means of going green, compared with 30% in North America.
Overall, 68% of CIOs said their organisations did not offset carbon emmission and only 10% of CIOs surveyed said that environmental issues were managed by the IT department.
IBM said that despite the current sense that little progress is being made, the IT function is well placed when it comes to reducing its environmental impact. IBM noted that by adopting existing energy efficiency methodologies and technologies, corporate servers and data centres could cut power use from current efficiency trends by 56% by 2011, according to the EPA. For the US alone, this would reduce projected electricity costs from some £15bn to £8.5bn, providing a cost-saving incentive and delivering a reduction in future CO2 emissions. Beyond the datacentre, simple initiatives, such as switching off PCs when not in use and minimising unnecessary printing, can improve an organisation's green credentials and save money at the same time, IBM said.