Green IT trusted to top dogs instead of dedicated staff

Only 13 percent of organisations in the UK employ a dedicated “green” staff member to look after the move to greener IT, leaving the majority of green IT projects in the hands of the top dogs, which is hindering progress in this area.

The figures come from a survey of green IT initiatives in UK companies by green IT specialists Externus, which revealed that 34 percent of firms trust their company directors and senior management to make the move to green IT, an approach which many believe will not garner the same results as having someone dedicated to green technology.

Seventeen percent employed facilities managers, who deal with utility bills, to sort out the IT department with a greener approach, while six percent left the job to office managers and administrators. Four percent fobbed the job onto human resources staff.

The survey suggests that the job is seen as more of a chore, thrown onto departments not qualified to deal with it, with only 13 percent of companies employing an individual to look primarily after green IT.

The National Computing Centre also released a report, which showed that green IT programmes are at the bottom of the list of priorities for the UK construction industry. Focus is mainly on cost-saving technology, such as virtualisation, software as a service, and cloud computing. This is not all that surprising, however, considering the dire straights the construction sector is currently in.