Is your IT sustainable?
Would you consider your business as sustainable?
Sustainable IT is an umbrella term that specifies an environmentally focused approach to the design, usage, and disposal of computer hardware and software applications as well as the design of additional business processes.
How can IT effect the environment?
Did you know that almost all SME’s carbon emissions are generated from consuming energy within company buildings whether this is use of desktops, laptops or servers, these all heavily rely on energy sources and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
The energy consumed by devices can be mostly found at the beginning of its life – 81% of the energy a computer requires over the course of its lifetime is expended during the production phase but only 34% of businesses are aware of this.
Why is IT sustainability important?
Sustainability has become a way of life and businesses must consider the environment when making any decisions within your company based around the ethics and responsibility of your business from your carbon footprint to general business practices…
Then there’s the business cost to consider too: the energy you pay for that runs your IT infrastructure alone is a substantial percent of your overall expenses.
Despite depending on technology, companies that are in non-tech sectors tend to be more wasteful than technology companies. This could be because non-tech firms may be less aware of the sustainability that smarter, cutting-edge tech can offer.
Importantly, promoting your company for its sustainable efforts might not result in cheaper business processes, but doing the right thing is increasingly important for customers and can be the difference between securing a client / losing one.
What are best practices for implementing sustainable IT in your business?
First things first – implementing these tips can be extremely useful for your business but it is equally valuable to make sure you are training your team on sustainability and the best practices within your company.
Still not convinced? Read these stats!
What's in it for you?
Besides the obvious facts of considerably improving your carbon footprint and helping to preserve the environment, there are some amazing benefits to your business that you can leverage by putting some of these sustainable tips in place…
At Total IT we are determined to continue making sustainability a priority, not only within our business but helping other businesses like yours with our WEEE disposal services – send us your old IT recyclables and for a small fee we will recycle your old devices.