The British Computer Society (BCS) has introduced two new categories for this year's BCS IT Industry Awards to recognise the growing importance of green technology and IT research.
The Green Organisation of the Year award will, for the first time, enable businesses to demonstrate how IT is helping to reduce their environmental impact.
David Clarke, BCS chief executive, said that the new green technology category was aimed at ensuring the awards reflect the issues that are relevant to the IT industry now and into the future.
The new award complements the BP Environment Award for excellence in IT projects aimed at creating a greener IT industry, introduced last year as the Green Technology Award.
BT was the first winner of award for its 21st Century Data Centre Project, which was aimed to change the way BT builds and maintains its datacentres to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2016.
The Excellence in Research and Development award is the second new category to be introduced to this year's competition.
The award will recognise the value of research by universities or commercial organisations in the UK and the rest of Europe.
"The awards provide a showcase for the profession as a whole to gain the recognition it deserves in a world where technology has become integral to everyday life and business," said Clarke.
The BCS IT Industry Awards are now made up of 24 categories of awards for individual, organisational and project excellence aimed at recognising the contribution made by the IT profession to economic prosperity, business efficiency and the public services.
The closing date for entries for the 2008 competition is 1 August. Details are available on the BCS website.