Think your IT department is green? Think again... The Guardian writes that "The information and communication technology (ICT) sector in the UK has a carbon footprint as big as the aviation industry, according to a report released [On Monday]. ICT equipment accounts for 3-4% of the world's carbon emissions, says the report by Global Action Plan, which warns that growth in carbon emissions from the sector is exacerbated by government policies requiring higher levels of data to be stored."
According to The New Scientist, "The report, An Inefficient Truth states that with more than 1 billion computers on the planet, the global IT sector is responsible for about 2% of human carbon dioxide emissions each year – a similar figure to the global airline industry."
Techworld has more background information on the GAP group. "It is the product of Trewin Restorick, previously a recycling co-ordinator and then head of marketing at Friends of the Earth. He left and founded Global Action Plan (GAP) in 1993. GAP looks to build teamwork among groups of people who increase the sustainability of their activities in an environmental sense."
Another report published by Fujitsu Siemens, via Business Green, "estimates that over one million tonnes of excess carbon emissions are being generated as a result of the poor design of UK data centres."