Carbon cap to cover IT by 2012, says MP

Carbon emissions capping legislation will target the IT sector after 2012, and businesses should prepare by developing green technology plans, a Labour MP has advised.

Carbon emissions capping legislation will target the IT sector after 2012, and businesses should prepare by developing green technology plans, a Labour MP has advised.

The comments follow the launch of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme last week, which issued CO2 limits that countries, including the UK, must not exceed between 2008 and 2012.

Currently, 50% of UK business sectors, including chemicals and fuel suppliers, are covered by EU limits.

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test and chair of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, said the IT sector is bound to be affected when the next phase of limits is announced after 2012, suggesting the move to thin client computing as a way forward for businesses.




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