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“Blue-chip companies could reduce their carbon emissions by 50% if they migrate their data storage operations to the cloud, a new study says.” The Guardian, 7th November 2011.


Going Green has a range of business benefits. Research has demonstrated increased profitability from companies actively pursuing a sustainable approach [Environmental Leader, 29 Mar 2016]. This leads to:

  • Cost savings: using less energy, water and raw materials will reduce your purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • Competitive advantage: you may be able to create new environmentally friendly goods or open up partnerships that require strong environmental credentials
  • Improved Brand Image: attract investors, customers and staff; increase customer loyalty; reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs
  • Compliance with regulations


Cisco: Positive Impact of One TelePresence Meeting

“The new data proves that the emissions reduced from avoided travel are far beyond the emissions produced by the use of Cisco TelePresence systems,” says Marthin DeBeer, senior vice president and general manager of the Cisco Emerging Technologies Group. “The result is a net benefit to the environment, which is an increasingly important consideration for our customers.”


Businesses are under increasing pressure from both legislation and clients to demonstrate improvements to environmental performance. With waste of electric and electronic equipment being of high concern in environmental matters, how can your IT department contribute to your green agenda?

  • Consider moving to the Cloud – significant power and money is wasted on underutilized servers and virtualisation will maximise usage; eliminates unnecessary equipment meaning less machines to power, cool and dispose of, easier shared access reducing need for paper documents
  • Carefully select new equipment with the environment in mind:
    • Flat screen LCD computer monitors have better performance and energy use than older monitors
    • Tablets and mobile phones use less energy than desktops and laptops
    • Favour products with minimal packaging and shipping
    • Use environmentally friendly suppliers
    • Specify lower-power-consumption CPUs and high-efficiency power supply units with 80 percent conversion or better
    • Use thin client technology
    • Check product details on energy conservation, materials selection and end of life management
  • Decrease your energy use by enabling power save functions; and by shutting down equipment overnight or when not in use; default printers to green settings such as duplex and grey scale
  • Consider smart energy applications that adjust energy consumption to real time need patterns and climate conditions
  • Implement best energy practices and monitoring to reduce energy wastage in data centres and comms rooms
  • Review storage to delete unnecessary data, reduced storage devices will lower energy consumption
  • Use cloud access and video conferencing to promote remote working thus reducing employee travel and fuel use
  • Ensure all old equipment is sold for re-use after secure wiping or destroyed responsibly under the WEEE Directive

Finally, keep abreast of the latest technology developments for opportunities with a green advantage.


August 2017


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