Authors: Eugenio Capra, Ph.D., and Alessandro Caleffi Company: Politecnico di Milano – Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione Date Published: 1/26/2010
Pan Pacific Symposium
Abstract: The energy consumed by IT systems has become significant, both from the point of view of CO2 footprint and of economic impact. Even though Green IT, i.e. the discipline that studies the environmental impact of IT, is gaining momentum, most of the IT managers have not yet built a mature and fact-based position with reference to these issues. This paper presents the results of a survey conducted on 138 Italian companies to evaluate the Green awareness of their IT Managers. Our data shows that 89% of IT managers do not know the electric consumption of the systems they manage and do not take into account energy efficiency parameters when evaluating new purchases. This may be due to the fact that in 81% of the analyzed companies IT managers are not responsible of the electricity budget. The paper also presents statistics on Green IT strategies and budget, and a success case that we analyzed in details.