Green IT 'brings money savings'

Money savings from reduced energy consumption are motivating businesses to use green IT, according to an expert.

While businesses are interested in boosting their perception as environmentally minded, when it comes to IT, their primary motivation is cutting costs, according to James Murray of

Mr Murray said that new energy saving technologies can deliver energy savings of "anything between 70 and 80 per cent" and pointed out that there is a case for using green IT "regardless of the environmental case".

He said: "Green IT is still a pretty high priority for IT departments because they can demonstrate really good returns on investment."

His comments follow the publication of Greenpeace's publication of its evaluation of consumer electronic products.

Companies scored higher overall than they did last year, with fewer products containing hazardous chemicals and more use LED displays, which use less energy than other types of screens.

Apple, Microsoft and Nintendo, which scored poorly in past assessments, were among the firms that refused to submit products voluntarily for testing.

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