The British Computer Society has created a specialist knowledge community to tackle the issue of green computing.
The community, which draws on the experience of individuals working in various sectors, aims to develop and promote best practice that helps both businesses and home users reduce their IT-related carbon emissions.
David Evans, consumer marketing executive at the BCS, said, "It does not matter if you are a massive enterprise, a small to medium-sized company, or use a PC at home, the green agenda and how you can make a positive contribution is both daunting and complex. It is important that everyone has access to some steps they can take to manage their IT carbon emissions, regardless of their environment."
Analyst firm Gartner estimates that IT accounts for 2% of global carbon emissions, which is almost the same proportion generated by the aviation industry. The two main generators of carbon emissions within IT are PCs/monitors (about 33%) and datacentres (about 25%).
The role technology has to play in reducing carbon emissions is twofold. First, there is the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions by using energy-efficient hardware. Google is setting an example here with servers and cooling systems designed to decrease the environmental footprint of its datacentres.
Second, firms can use software to measure and manage their power consumption. Many supply chain companies have integrated software that provides the visibility necessary to reduce emissions.
BCS awards: the best use of green technology
The BCS will be recognising early adopters of green IT policies at the 2007 BCS Awards. The Best Use of Green Technology award will be presented to an organisation that has run a project that benefits the environment.
Projects shortlisted for the award include the implementation of hardware to reduce power consumption through centralised storage systems, using software to reduce car journeys by co-ordinating car sharing, and an application to eliminate unnecessary service calls.
The finalists for the award are:
● Scottish Water
● BT Operate
● Asite Solutions
● Destiny Wireless
● The Environment Agency
● Newcastle City Council