Greener IT (the incentives for companies to focus attention on the energy demands of their IT facilities)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

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Schiller, B. (2011), "Greener IT (the incentives for companies to focus attention on the energy demands of their IT facilities)", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 25 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/dlo.2011.08125faa.006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Greener IT (the incentives for companies to focus attention on the energy demands of their IT facilities)

Article Type: Abstracts From: Development and Learning in Organizations, Volume 25, Issue 6

Schiller B.Financial Management (UK), May 2011, Start page: 32, No. of pages: 4

Describes the strong incentives for companies to focus attention on the energy demands of their IT facilities, including desktop computers (PCs), servers, and printers, where the amount of energy being demanded by such facilities is considerable and is growing rapidly. Points to the forecast growth of the global number of computers in use, which is expected to reach four billion by 2020, and the strong incentive this provides for companies to ensure that they are not investing money in inefficient technology. Argues that the global economic and financial crisis and recession has also encouraged companies to think about “green IT” in terms of its return on investment, and the issue is no longer about corporate social responsibility (CSR). Examines some of the approaches that IT departments can adopt to accomplish green It, including server virtualization, the use of data centres, and power management. Considers some of the peripheral benefits that can be achieved through the reorganization of how offices print, scan, and photocopy documents, while the introduction of an enterprise-wide policy can moderate the proliferation of devices that has taken place in recent years.Article type: viewpointISSN: 1471-9185Reference: 40AL023

Keywords: Communications technology, Energy conservation, Energy management, Environmental management, Environmental regulations, Organizations, Sustainable design, Sustainable development