Green IT is the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently. The goal of Green IT is to do more with less, with minimum utilization of resources. It is said that “Green” usage of IT itself can help reduce up to 15% carbon emissions by 2020 (globally). Automatically, since implementation of Green IT helps save resources that cost money, it helps save money too.
The larger the size of the organization, the larger the potential savings through implementation of Green IT.
Green IT can be split into four categories:
- Responsible manufacturing
- Power management
- Recycling and disposal
It is our opinion that within the next 5 years, any organization that is unable to demonstrate a commitment towards protecting the environment will lose credibility and will soon get overtaken by its peers. The BCS Foundation certificate in Green IT and also the ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) provide some effective frameworks for demonstrating commitment to Green.