Green IT encompasses products and services that help organizations diminish their environmental footprint, including the significant energy consumption of IT.
The green IT strategy is more than a single-point solution, a talking point or a PowerPoint. It can become a guiding principle that drives productivity as well as sustainability, and solution providers are a central player.
Now it has become a defined, measurable, quantitative and qualitative set of actions designed to reduce carbon footprint and boost productivity and bottom line for a business.
According to a recent report from Ernst & Young, green IT encompasses products and services that help organizations diminish their environmental footprint, including the significant energy consumption of IT.
It enhances sustainability, productivity and cost efficiency, ensures compliance and offers a competitive edge. Green software indirectly impacts technological energy use with low-carbon principles.
“Green IT refers to IT products and services that enable organizations to reduce environmental impact, including the impact of IT energy consumption,” EY says. “This is a notable issue that organizations need to address. For example, data centers and data transmission networks were responsible for nearly 1 percent of energy-related GHG emissions in 2020.”
“For 15 years we have been raising the bar across all dimensions of sustainability, and Green IT is also at the forefront of our agenda,” Elizabeth Hackenson, Schneider Electric’s CIO, said in a recent blog post .
She pointed out Schneider Electric’s four-pillar approach to Green IT, including:
A key player in the company’s four-pillars is its EcoStruxure IT—available for solution providers as a means of digitizing the data center and bringing it into the realm of Green IT by integrating hardware, software, monitoring and managing into a single, sustainable approach.
“The implementation of green IT across all sectors not only can drive sustainability but also improve productivity, reduce operational costs and facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements and standards,” E&Y concluded in its findings. “Organizations that implement green IT can gain a competitive advantage by building trust with key stakeholders, including customers, investors and partners.