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Green ICT - The Greening of Business

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Executive Summary

All over the world, IT is playing an increasingly important role - in both business and individuals' private lives. It is also consuming ever greater amounts of energy and is therefore the source of significant CO? emissions. IT now causes the release of as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as nearly 320 million cars? According to calculations by consultants A.T. Kearney, worldwide IT now generates CO? emissions of about 600 million metric tons a year. And if the sector continues growing at the current rate, emissions in Germany alone are expected to increase by another 60% by the year 2020. Green IT can help curb this alarming trend. Simply by consistently implementing known energy-conserving approaches, the CO? emitted by IT systems can be nearly halved.

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