Feeds

IT departments poised to fly past airlines on CO2 emissions

How green is your love?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Carbon emissions from computing looks set to overtake aviation, a UK environmental charity claimed today.

According to Global Action Plan, IT now accounts for 10 per cent of energy consumption in the UK.

Speaking at the House of Commons this afternoon, Trewin Restorick, the author of "An Inefficient Truth" report, said IT departments have been "incredibly slow to get off the mark" when it comes to reducing their carbon footprints.

He added that big name vendors had not been helping by using the environment as "a new marketing tool".

"I've seen a lot of green froth and hype from a whole bunch of vendors which are pretty hard to substantiate," said Restorick.

But he didn't just point the finger at the Dells, HPs and IBMs of this world.

The British government also needs to do more to address the problem. For instance, the proposed introduction of ID cards is a short-sighted plan which overlooks the impact the added amount of data could have on the UK's carbon emissions, Restorick argued.

Data storage needs have jumped by 48 per cent in the past year, according to the report. That compares to a three per cent increase in UK air passengers for the same period.

Restorick reckoned this growth is unsustainable, with more than two thirds of companies having already used up 75 per cent of their data centre floorspace and 61 per cent expected to hit storage capacity within two years.

While green awareness among those questioned was high, the study found that 86 per cent did not know the carbon footprint of their own department. The report also highlighted 56 per cent of IT departments did not see their firm's electricity bills, despite their huge reliance on energy.

Global Action Plan called for the government to adopt a more robust approach towards the IT industry. It recommended the possible introduction of tax incentives for small and medium-sized businesses that reduced their carbon footprint and also said that vendors needed to be more transparent.

Trewin said: "The government is very much softly-softly on the industry and this needs to change."

Global Action Plan surveyed 120 senior UK professionals who have a combined total of 500,000 IT users under their wing and a combined annual IT budget of £475m.

The report is here. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.