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IT 'helps firms to cut emissions'

21 May 2008

IT 'helps firms to cut emissions' The use of green IT can help organisations vastly reduce their carbon emissions, according to one industry advisor.

Carbon Footprint revealed that IT methods such as reducing the number of offsite meetings through video conferencing and enabling people to work remotely can be utilised in the fight to save the planet.

Eco-conscious students working during their gap years could be interested to hear of the ways in which their employers could do their part in the battle against climate change.

John Buckley, managing director of the firm that provides advice for IT-conscious companies, explained that green IT is not just about the impact of a company's use of IT technologies but how it can use them to reduce carbon emissions as a whole.

Mr Buckley added that the use of teleconferencing, video conferencing and web-based conferences instead of actual meetings also reduce the carbon emissions that would result from executive travel.

"IT is a great enabler to help reduce carbon emissions, and at the same time can reduce costs for the company in reductions in travel expenses and staff travel time," he concluded.

Last week marked National Work From Home day which celebrated the use of a remote workforce and saw an estimated five million employees work from home.

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