Sustainable IT defined

By following a path to more sustainable IT, organisations can identify opportunities to increase their bottom line, reduce risk, and discover competitive advantages. As impacts from climate change become more frequent and prominent, governments are expected to set new policies and provide additional market-based incentives to drive significant reductions in emissions. In the UK, government and business-led low-carbon inducements are now at the forefront of policy discussions. These new policies and market drivers will direct economic growth on a low-carbon trajectory and organisations that are early adopters in this area will not only have gained the benefits at an earlier stage but will also be far better placed to take speedy uptake of emerging options.

The following from the ‘Greening government: ICT and digital services strategy 2020-2025’ shows the UK Government’s stance:

Business rule 2: Circular economy – resources and waste strategy. By 2025 HMG suppliers have established zero waste to landfill or zero-waste targets. Suppliers are meeting targets to incorporate more recycled materials in their products and eliminate the use of single-use plastics. There’s a yearly increase in ICT kit purchased/leased that is remanufactured/refurbished.

In their survey of 1000 large enterprises across the globe Capgemini Research Institute estimates that on average organisations that have scaled sustainable IT use cases have achieved a 12% cost reduction. In the UK SME market, we generally find the average percentage of saving has actually been considerably higher, especially with the recent hikes in energy costs.