Green IT Gets Easier With New Pocket Guides

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<strong>Ely, England &mdash; March 9</strong><br />Virtually every organization is under increasing pressure to demonstrate its green credentials to customers, or risk losing trade if it fails to do so. But greener ways of working &mdash; reducing energy and materials usage, curbing of greenhouse gas and polluting emissions &mdash; are not just worth doing for ethical reasons alone. They also promote better operating efficiencies and help organizations comply and respond to regulatory threats, which is welcome news in difficult economic circumstances. <br /> <br />Getting there is the challenge. However, in response, leading compliance expert IT Governance has launched a new series of green IT pocket guides that set out practical steps, in the reach of every organization, that can be a real help in implementing such a strategy.<br /> <br />The green IT pocket guide series consists of three complementary titles: <br /> <br /><ul><li><em>The Green Agenda: A Business Guide:</em> A guide to green IT specifically written for a business audience, which introduces key climate change concepts and the standpoints of various groupings. It provides an overview of a green IT strategy and a bottom-line-orientated action plan.</li><li><em>The Green Office: A Business Guide: </em>Developed to help cost-conscious, environmentally minded organizations identify simple, practical ways of reducing both their cost base and their carbon footprint.</li><li><em>Compliance for Green IT: Pocket Guide:</em> Covers regulations directly relevant to IT, such as carbon trading. These regulations are used &mdash; in either voluntary or mandatory programs &mdash; to reduce CO² emissions and offset the impact of environmental damage caused elsewhere. IT is a significant consumer of power, and these trading schemes are becoming increasingly important and relevant for organizations. This guide provides an introduction to, and overview of, these programs.</li></ul> <br />&ldquo;Green IT is not only about responding to the consumer environmental concerns,&rdquo; said Alan Calder, an author on information security and IT governance, who wrote all three guides. &ldquo;It is also about promoting operating efficiencies. So even for organizations that do not have much interest in the green agenda, the potential cost savings from pursuing a green action plan are, particularly in recessionary times, worth having. And staying out of trouble by complying with green IT regulations has to make sense. <br /><br />

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