A study into “Green IT” within Australian and New Zealand organisations reveals that a majority have a strong mandate from the executive to reduce the environmental impact of IT but not that many are offering a budget for IT to achieve this.
Research company IBRS conducted the survey in April. It says that while there was a small sample size, the answers were sufficiently differentiated so as to be statistically valid.
One third of green IT strategies were owned by the board or CEO, and one quarter by the CIO. However, only 24% of IT organisations had a budget for green IT projects, and only 23% a formal strategy and/or programmes for green IT.
IBRS researcher Kevin McIsaac says this indicates a significant disconnect between the executives’ green strategy and the ability of IT to execute that strategy.
He says it fits anecdotal evidence that IT organisations are focusing on green IT projects which reduce IT costs and have a short pay-back period.
When questioned about the drivers for adopting green IT, reducing operational costs and reducing the environmental footprint were equal top reasons.
Meeting current environmental regulations scored the lowest; there was much greater concern about future regulations.
IBRS drilled down to the status of green IT projects, focusing on printers, desktops and the datacentre. McIsaac says two thirds of organisations had not yet started green projects in those areas, a reflection of the lack of budget.
The question that generated the most comment was satisfaction with vendors’ green IT offerings. Only 3% said they were very satisfied, 14% said they were quite satisfied, 45% were satisfied, and 38% were dissatisfied.