Created in 2004, GreenIT.fr
gather more than 250,000 Green IT and sustainable ICT professionals living in french speaking countries, mostly France, Belgium, Swiss, Luxembourg, Canada, and Africa. This wide community is animated by Frédéric Bordage, one of the most knowledgeable french green IT experts with the help of the GreenIT.fr’s team. GreenIT.fr is one of the top 5 most visited French environmental website!
GreenIT.fr goal is to help companies and institutions initiate Green IT and sustainable ICT projects to reduce their environmental footprint by providing them best practices, news about tools and regulation, a job board, and an agenda. They advise companies and institutions on topics such as e-waste management, software eco-design, reducing printing, computers power management, data centers power efficiency, sustainable IT buying, and carbon footprint of IT.
For this reason, it is a matter of course for GreenIT.fr to contribute to the Green IT node
project and to become a supporter the e-Jobs Observatory.
On 9 Octobre 2012, Google invite several organisations to a conference about energy transition. It aimed to present the measures taken by Google about energy consumption and the reduction of its carbon footprint. All the informations were already on www.google.com/green
Among the measures presented:
- the famous Finnish datacenter that is cooled with seawater
- The widespread use (one third of their consumption) of electricity from renewable sources or through the purchase of green certificates, or by direct implantation wind farm.
- Carbon offsetting. According to Google, their power consumption in 2011 was amounted to 2,675,898 MWh, or 1.3% of global consumption of Datacenters.
According to Google, the measures implemented allowed them to reduce the electric bill of around a billion dollars. And obviously, it’s good for their image.
« The finalists in this year’s European Business Awards for the Environment clearly demonstrate that taking a green approach can make a major difference to their profitability and to our common good through innovative and sustainable eco-technologies and processes. » said Janez Potočnik Commissioner for the Environment.
The five winners represent large corporations and SMEs, old and new Member States, and sectors from retail to energy to material engineering. Most of the applicants were SMEs. The greatest number of entries (62) was in the newly introduced “business and biodiversity” category. They were selected from a shortlist of 14 candidates from nine European countries and wide-ranging economic sectors. They are companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance (Green ICT).
« The Europe 2020 Strategy recently adopted by the Commission follows the same line of thought, recognizing that a better environment matters not only for the quality of life of citizens, but also for the economy. The strategy will help prepare businesses for the long-term challenges of resource efficiency and sustainable growth, and it will do this with economic incentives that promote true innovation and creativity. » concluded Janez Potočnik Commissioner for the Environment.
According to Graeme Philipson Green IT “is the conscious implementation of technologies, techniques and policies designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the IT function within the organisation… and the use of IT to reduce the carbon footprint of the whole organisation.” So, there are now plenty of reasons for implementing green IT now, such as broader green issues are gaining prominence, power bills are rising, IT’s power consumption is rising, IT’s power consumption is more visible and carbon emissions reporting is becoming mandatory, he said.
Are Green ICT practices now becoming a key business component for any organisation ?
Green IT is developping in companies, this is the main issue of a new study published by DEVOTEAM
: Large companies (over 10 000 employees) have implemented a Green IT approach for 82 % of them, this rate decrease to 44 % in SME under 100 employees. Green IT is mainly leaded by the IS Director (60 %) due to the fact that they have the technical background needed for implementation.
Main engines for development of Green IT programs in the companies is the impact on sustainable development 78 % Energy savings 71 % Promoting a green image of the company 35 % …
Main issues for Green IT pointed out by the survey are : Energy saving, datacenters, Energy management, Cloud, management of workplace, Printing policies and waste management and Audio and video conferencing.
The push toward sustainability & “greening” in organizations is evident in the Federal government as well as within the private sector. A more specific focus on “greening” information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) can also be seen. As might be expected, a corresponding increase in green jobs is also occurring with many of those jobs focused on IT.
The trouble with filling green jobs, IT or otherwise, is finding educated and qualified workers to fill them. As a result, there is a growing demand for green computing education. As early research has indicated, however, the demand for green computing knowledge by those in industry is only slowly making its way to the academic world. A recent study by Sendall (2010) identified a surprising “lack” of green IT/IS/computing and/or sustainability curriculum initiatives in institutions of higher education. With this knowledge as background, this research efforts attempts to identify, even so: Where can green computing education and/or training be found today?