Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Greenpeace says IT industry failing to deliver climate change solutions
Posted on 29-May-2009 15:21. | Tags Filed under: News.

The IT industry has massive potential to cut green house gas emissions but is currently failing to deliver, according to the first results of the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge.

The IT industry has calculated it could make cuts of more than 15 per cent in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 but Greenpeace New Zealand communications manager Suzette Jackson said most companies were falling well short of that target, as shown in results released today at the IT, Environment and Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.

“The majority of IT companies talk big about “going green” rather than giving real evidence of how their software and hardware is actually reducing emissions. It is time they delivered real evidence of their solutions in action.”

The Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge, launched in February this year, asked major IT companies to take action prioritising issues around climate change in 2009.

In addition to cutting its own emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy, the industry was asked to deliver climate solutions for the rest of the economy in areas such as electricity transmission, transport and building efficiency. Greenpeace is calling on the industry to take action, which it says will help influence world leaders to deliver a climate-saving deal at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December.

“Time is running out. IT Industry leaders are in a position to take a strong stand on tackling climate change. While governments across the globe are debating climate policy, it is disappointing that innovative IT companies who stand to profit handsomely from tech solutions that reduce GHGs are sitting on the fence.”

The Greenpeace challenge has revealed some positive results. Sun Microsystems has publically called for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and a cut of at least 25 percent below by 2020. Greenpeace is urging other IT companies to match these targets. IBM jointly holds the top spot with Sun, mainly due to its wide range of solutions. Additionally, Fujitsu stands out as a company openly addressing the need to measure "net" emissions reductions that result from solutions they propose for the rest of the economy. But, leading names such as HP, Microsoft and Sony amongst other IT giants scored less that 15 out of the maximum of 100.

Like the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, the Cool IT Challenge will be updated regularly. The second version is expected later year.

More information:

comments powered by Disqus

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Street Harassment - I'm looking at you Max Key
Created by gzt, last reply by MikeB4 on 28-Oct-2016 19:25 (77 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6

Gigabit cable now available
Created by sub, last reply by yitz on 28-Oct-2016 19:19 (238 replies)
Pages... 14 15 16

Parking Breach Notices
Created by cisconz, last reply by wasabi2k on 28-Oct-2016 15:28 (19 replies)
Pages... 2

RNZAF Boeing 757 breaks down when carrying PM. RNZAF must have an atrocious dispatch reliability figure.
Created by amiga500, last reply by frankv on 28-Oct-2016 13:21 (91 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7

New MacBook Pro
Created by ajobbins, last reply by JoshWright on 28-Oct-2016 18:27 (17 replies)
Pages... 2

Is it me, or have Trade Me prices increased?!
Created by Geektastic, last reply by mattwnz on 27-Oct-2016 14:58 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Disagreement with tradesman over invoice - escalation path
Created by timmmay, last reply by timmmay on 28-Oct-2016 17:08 (30 replies)
Pages... 2

The Quest for the Holy Grail - aka VDSL
Created by cynnicallemon, last reply by hio77 on 28-Oct-2016 16:56 (15 replies)