Automation is set to see significant investment as organisations look to go green.

Green IT and sustainability is fast becoming a key priority on the corporate social responsibility agenda for organisations around the world.

As sea levels rise and the impact of climate change is felt by millions experiencing drought, floods, hurricanes and disease, organisations are looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their organisation – with IT playing an important two-fold role.

On the one hand, Green IT looks at reducing the impact of an organisation’s computing operation, while on the other the services of IT can be utilised to help reduce the organisation’s overall carbon footprint.

The emergence of Green IT has come at a critical time for the IT industry, with a recent Greenpeace report throwing a worrying spotlight on the energy use of the IT sector.

“The energy footprint of the IT sector is already estimated to consume approximately 7% of global electricity,” said the report.

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