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How to Go Green I Technology Today

Neelesh Kripalani

Green IT has many challenges, especially in the corporate sector of India. Here we'll review some of the challenges and will suggest ways to adopt a sustainable IT in our work culture.

Current Challenges

According to a recent report by Capgemini, sustainable IT is still not a priority for most companies, with only 43% of executives stating that they are completely aware of their organization’s IT footprint. Even though half of these companies have implemented a company sustainability strategy, only 18% have a comprehensive strategy with defined goals and target time frames.

Computers, laptops, and mobile devices account for more than 2% of human greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The prime objective of green IT is to minimize the negative environmental effects of producing, operating, and disposing of IT products.

Not only tangible products, but software and networking services can affect the environment too. Search results, for instance, can cause the emission of carbon dioxide due to the energy required to power a computer and to send the request to servers around the world. Excess emission of carbon dioxide can ultimately lead to an increase in global warming. Data centers are always criticized for their demand and consumption of high energy. 

Designing New Imperatives

Sustainable technological change will require a re-assessment of the roles of organizations globally. IT leaders and policy makers should increasingly address the challenges of identifying and implementing policies to build a strategic roadmap towards creating sustainable IT.

Sustainable IT has three important aspects – social, economic, and environmental. And IT leaders must work on optimizing their products and services at all three levels and try to minimize the impact.

Addressing climate and environmental challenges require expertise related to various solutions that can be adopted to mitigate the negative impacts for instance, creating carbon-free energy technologies, recycling old products rather than creating new, etc. Economically, reusing resources can prove to be beneficial for long term sustainability by keeping the waste to an absolute minimum.

The new path towards carbon-free technologies will require establishing new value chains hosting leaders that can speak the green language and have domain expertise in solving the emission problems.

The author is Chief Technology Officer, Clover Infotech

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