Why IT Should Be the Next Focus of Your Sustainability Efforts

Reducing the environmental impacts from technology systems, devices, and capabilities can help companies reach their emissions goals.

The world is heading toward a more sustainable future and organizations are inspired to be a part of the solution. Many have set net zero and carbon neutral goals, and it’s clear that advancements in technology will help organizations achieve these sustainability goals by improving efficiencies and reducing the processes that create emissions.

But what many organizations do not realize is that these same technology investments and capabilities can also negatively impact the environment. Recent research on sustainable IT from the Capgemini Research Institute found that 57% of companies aren’t aware of their IT carbon footprint — the impact created by their devices, systems, and capabilities. IT is not typically part of the conversation when organizations establish their sustainability plans — only 18% report having a sustainable IT strategy.

This is a vast area of untapped potential as companies progress along their sustainability journeys. However, progress needs to be made now: Research shows that by 2025, enterprise IT will have an equivalent annual footprint to powering 360 million homes and generating the transportation of 460 million passenger vehicles. Read more>>

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