Recommendation for adopting Green IT in our Company
From: Senior manager of IT Department
Subject: Adopting Greener IT in our various department of the company.
Green IT or green computing, what does it mean? Probably we know by now, that green stands for everything that is environmentally friendly. Green computing is the environmentally responsible and eco-friendly use of computers and their resources. It also includes the study of designing, manufacturing/engineering, using and disposing of computing devices in a way that reduces their impact on environmental.
Its origin back to 1992, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched Energy Star,a voluntary labeling ...view middle of the document...
5 tons of water. (UN, ResourceSaver),most servers and workstations are used between 8-15% when they are lit, each one dollar spent in hardware leads 750 kg of CO2 emissions, the energy cost may represent up to 30% of the total IT budget of a company and 35-50 % of the electricity consumed by a data center is used to cool the servers.
Now what we can do to address this issue? In fact many things can be done, we can start by promoting green computing concepts and habits which can be introduced into our daily routines such as; put the computer to hibernate after 5 min of not using it plus switching the monitor off can save up to 75 % of the power usage . Activate the power management features for controlling energy consumption, turn off the computer at the end of each day, refill printer cartridges rather than buying new ones beside we can use one or two central printers, use email as the official way of communication among the various departments, don’t print the emails, they are anyway saved in the server’s hard disk, in fact The average office drone uses up 10,000 sheets of paper—about a whole tree's worth of wood pulp—per year. (GreenIQ ).Instead of buying new computers , try to refurbish or rebuild the existing ones, we may consider negotiating good deal with company which offer services like providing PaaS (Platform as a Service), which operated on a monthly usage basis. Even we can virtualize our servers instead of installing and maintaining costly IT infrastructure. Finally if we sign with the WWF's Climate Savers Computing Initiative could reduce CO2 pollution by 10 million tons annually by 2010. (ClimateSaversComputing.org). In fact many IT manufacturers and vendors are continuously investing in designing energy efficient computing devices, reducing the use of dangerous materials, and encouraging the recyclability of digital devices and printing paper. Green computing or green IT aims to attain economic viability and improve the way computing devices are used. Green IT practices include working towards environmentally sustainable computing.
Green computing has drawn people from all over the world into becoming one global community. Businesses have become more dynamic, while friends and families from all over the world are kept even closer. Almost everyone...