IT industry calls for green stimulus

A stimulus package has been called for by the IT industry to help it meet green targets.

The sector wants £1 billion of central government funding so that it can invest in sustainable IT systems to reduce carbon emissions by up to 12 per cent.

It is also hoped that the move will enable the public sector to save around £3 billion, reports.

The request has been made by the Society for IT Management, environmental charity Global Action Plan and supplier Logicalis and it will fund transformational IT projects.

Chris Gabriel, marketing and solutions director at Logicalis, explained that previous shared systems are not working because there are no incentives in place to encourage the idea.

He said: "Whether that is local politics, budgets, or anything else, the current system is designed to drive local parochial decision making."

Meanwhile, Carbon Trust last week revealed that 63 per cent of consumers are more likely to but a product if they known the firm selling it is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint.

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