Feeds

UK Ltd not bovvered by green blether

All mouth, no organic hemp trousers

Top three mobile application threats

Companies in the UK are doing little more than paying lip-service to the idea of reducing their environmental impact, and will continue in the same vein until they are forced to do otherwise.

According to research from the Green Technology Initiative, 70 per cent of firms in the UK have no plans to reduce their carbon footprint - despite a high level of awareness of green issues.

The GTI is a not-for-profit group set up to provide information to companies about how they can reduce their environmental impact.

Dan Sutherland, founder and acting chair of the Green Technology Initiative, says that until either financial, legal or peer pressure forces business to change, things are unlikely to move much.

"Businesses need to make money more than they need to save the planet," he told us. "No business will ever call for greater regulation, but it [going green] needs to be made their problem."

The survey, which asked more than 100 IT managers and consultants for their views on the environmental impact of IT, found that 90 per cent thought reducing the carbon footprint of IT systems would be a vital part of any so-called green strategy.

But implementation of a green strategy seems to be sorely lacking, with firms seeming reluctant to take even the more obvious steps of linking IT and power budgets: 79 per cent said there was no link between power spend and IT budget, and 95 per cent said they had no way of measuring the efficiency of their systems.

Sutherland says that the current situation is unsustainable. "The vast majority of businesses we spoke to have no idea how much energy they use, so they have no idea if they are efficient. The first thing to do is measure your energy use."

But even the basics - such as turning off IT equipment at night, or using green energy sources - are by no means universally adopted. One in five respondents said they had no idea how much of their kit was still running at night, and just 50 per cent were sure that more than half was switched off.

Meanwhile, three quarters of respondents had either not considered using green energy suppliers, or had chosen suppliers that did not offer a green option. Only six per cent reported actively seeking out energy from renewable sources.

Chris Hines, director of sustainability at The Eden Project, said: “IT has the potential to have huge benefits for sustainability. But if played wrong can accelerate its impact disastrously. All businesses can think smart about making IT work for them and the planet.”

The Green Technology Initiative said firms were failing to take responsibility for going green, instead looking to suppliers and government to do the work for them. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.