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									                        Best Practices in Green IT 2008




Best Practices in Green IT 2008




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                                    Table of Contents

1. Overvi ew ................................................................................. 3
2. Green IT Awaren ess ................................................................... 4
3. ICT Equipment as GHG Emitters .................................................... 5
4. Best Practices in Green IT ........................................................... 6
5. Ch allenges in Green IT Pra ctices ................................................. 12
6. Factors driving Green IT practices ............................................... 13
7. Vertical Tren ds – Practices in Green IT ......................................... 15
Oth er Reports in this Seri es ........................................................... 17




                                  List of Exhibits


Exhibit 2.1: Awareness of th e green IT pr acti ces – 2008 ........................ 4
Exhibit 3.1: IT as a GHG emi tters (2008) ............................................ 5
Exhibit 4.1: Best practices in green IT - 2008 ...................................... 7
Exhibit 5.1: Ch allenges towards adoption if green IT
practi ces correct th e graph ............................................................ 12
Exhibit 6.1: Drivers for th e adopti on of green IT practices ................... 14




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1. Overview
Energy consumption by Information and communications technologies (ICT) has
predominantly remained a major area of concern by the businesses around the globe.
Information technology (IT) products impact the environment, significantly, in terms of
energy usage, carbon emissions, hazardous substances, accumulation, and disposition of
electronic wastes. For instance; desktop, laptops, networking hardware, storage, and
datacenter facilities consumes significant amount energy to operate and release the
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the environment. As a result, there is a growing
awareness, among all the private and public industry sectors, for using technology in an
environmentally responsible manner. Business environmental improvements can also be
addressed through the use of green technologies and IT practices such as: energy efficient
datacenters, server virtualization, recycling, etc. The biggest area of focus for the
companies is power management in the IT infrastructure. Thus, the IT equipment
manufacturers are producing low power laptops, desktops, server chips, and multi core
processors to execute their business operations with less power consumption. A holistic
approach towards IT transformation will result in achieving greater energy and operating
efficiencies.
Green IT is defined as 'the use of computer resources in an environmentally responsible
manner'. Green IT Practice starts with the manufacturers producing environmental friendly
products and ends with the products being used in a more eco-friendly manner by the
company's IT department. This process encompasses the use of the IT practices such as:
virtualization, power management, and safe recycling of the IT assets. Adopting such
practices results in benefits such as: reduced energy & operating costs, streamlining of the
IT processes, and increased collaboration with stakeholders.




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2. Green IT Awareness
According to Technavio, awareness of the Green IT Practices in Europe is the highest, with
over 60 percent of the European companies focused towards the environmental and energy
issues. It is followed by the Americas with 53 percent. Companies in Asia-Pacific have been
slow (as compared to Europe and Americas) in addressing the green issues in their IT
Infrastructure. (Exhibit 2.1)



Exhibit 2.1: Awareness of the green IT practices – 2008


            70%
                         Europe
            60%
                                            Americas
            50%

            40%                                                    37%

            30%

            20%

            10%

             0%
                         Europe             Americas            Asia-Pacific

                                                                      Source: TechNavio Analysis




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3. ICT Equipment as GHG Emitters
According to Technavio, PCs and desktops are the largest GHG emitters among all the ICT
equipment (40 percent), followed by Servers (24 percent) and Telecommunication
equipment (23 percent). The following exhibit shows the percentage break-up of IT
infrastructure, contributing to the IT greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). (Exhibit 3.1)



Exhibit 3.1: IT as GHG emitters (2008)

                                LAN and other
                                     IT,
                                     6%
              Telecommunica
                    tion                                       PC,
                Equipments,        
								
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