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Green IT - Managing your carbon footprint by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT

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6 MAKING SAVINGS

The push for green computing is currently from two directions: saving money on electricity bills and corporate responsibility. So where is your electricity being used in IT and how might you make these savings? Greg Taylor, Head of IT at a north-east law firm, looks at the issue.

A couple of years ago, Gartner stated that around two per cent of energy in the world is being consumed by IT equipment. This matches the amount consumed by aviation and illustrates that IT is a significant consumer of energy. At around that time, BT carried out a study and reported that 0.7 per cent of UK energy is being used in data and telecoms centres alone. IDC published that between 1996 and 2006 the number of servers had increased by six ...

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