Green IT can give businesses the competitive edge

icon_news.gif News - 14th November 2011

At the BusinessGreen Leaders Forum in association with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, recently, panelists discussed the importance of sustainability within an organisation and how IT can be a significant part of the solution. The event highlighted the benefits of sustainability planning for an organisation and how, even in times of austerity, the green agenda is even more important.

Whilst legislation in the area of managing an organisations carbon footprint increases, the need to be able to understand and apply the correct metrics becomes vital. The role of IT however, goes much further than managing the footprint of its own activity.

Businesses are starting to focus on how they can use IT more effectively in minimising the footprint of other less direct activity, such as travel, or more direct activity, such as how you deal with your customer, online versus an actual store/building for example. The requirement for more efficient IT in business becomes a huge opportunity for those professionals who have the correct green skill sets to aid in adding financial, reputational and environmental value.

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