A new law aimed at fighting climate change will impact all businesses in the UK, including the IT sector.
The Climate Change Act, which came into force today, legally commits the UK to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Initially, the Act provides a framework for further regulatory action to be rolled out by the government and establishes overarching emission targets for the government to meet.
Michael Woods, partner at international law firm Eversheds, said the Act will lead the way in bringing in requirements on business to meet increasingly challenging targets for reducing carbon emissions.
"This will be applied in various ways, including the energy performance of buildings and carbon trading. The IT sector should therefore anticipate the increasing costs of complying and should certainly be planning ahead now in order to meet this challenge in the most cost-effective way," said Woods.
Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, said there are huge commercial and economic opportunities in the new technologies associated with combating climate change.
"The world has the potential for an environmental technology revolution - the kind of revolution recently seen in the astonishing growth of information technology," he said.