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UK IT Industry carbon footprint growing fast

Think your IT department is green? Think again... The Guardian (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). "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 (opens in new tab), "estimates that over one million tonnes of excess carbon emissions are being generated as a result of the poor design of UK data centres."

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.