organisations 'committed to green IT'

More than nine out of ten firms are holding discussions on how to make their use of technology greener, new research has revealed.

The study by security software provider Symantec also found that almost half of organisations (45 per cent) had green strategies in place.

Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of organisations added that they were planning to increase spending on green technology over the next year.

Reducing energy bills and cooling costs were cited as the most important reasons for making green changes to firms' IT systems.

"Over the past 12 months, IT has emerged as a new driving force in implementing green initiatives ? not only for energy savings benefits, but also as a result of widespread desire to implement environmentally responsible practices," explained Jose Iglesias, vice-president of global solutions at Symantec.

"The pendulum has swung both ways and IT is now taking a balanced approach that is more integral to an organisation's 'green' strategy, proven by the fact that the vast majority of respondents are now responsible for the energy costs of their data centre."

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