144 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
It is widely cited that the IT industry is responsible for the same level of carbon emissions as the aviation industry, and experts predict that these emissions will double in the next few years. There is consensus in the industry that organisations have a responsibility to cut their emissions and legislation is in place to make this mandatory. The book provides the tools to create an action list of Green IT requirements. It is primarily aimed at IT service providers but also contains advice for the general IT user.
This is a sensible, clear-sighted guide to emerging standards, rules, business processes and best practices in a complex and ever-changing sector. It covers formulating policy, roles and responsibilities, drivers, practical advice on making it happen, improving organisation green credentials, IT's role in the non-datacentre-centric business lifecycle and much else besides. Considering the book's scope it's also mercifully concise, coming in at under 150 pages despite including useful definitions, copious notes, suggestions for further reading and a good index. The author makes good use of lists, tables and graphics and his writing style does not bow under the pressure of emerging guidance rulebooks or become strangled by coverage of the reams of red tape entangling CIOs. This deserves to be a widely-read primer for anybody getting to grips with what the corporate carbon footprint is doing to business and technology, and is a volume worth distributing to those that consider the greening of IT as commonsense and straightforward.
- CIO Magazine
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