The term ‘Green Computing’ or interchangeably ‘Green IT’ denotes eco-friendly use of computers, computer peripherals and overall information technology solutions.
In broader terms, it is also defined as the study of designing, manufacturing/engineering, using and disposing of computing devices in a way that reduces their environmental impact.
Information Technology gradually becoming the core of every process in business right from shop floor to boardroom, it is greening fast like other aspects of business.
Green Computing practices came into prominence in 1992, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Energy Star programme. Subsequently the Swedish organization TCO Development launched the TCO Certification programme to promote low magnetic and electrical emissions from CRT-based computer displays. With this programme later expanding to include criteria on energy consumption, ergonomics, and the use of hazardous materials in construction, way for Green Computing to be taken up seriously at an international level became wide.
Green Computing embodies the entire lifecycle of information technology solutions.
Benefits for Business: Green Computing benefits environment, isn’t that reason enough to implement it all possible levels of business. It has substantial benefits for business in other aspect as well though. Green computing creates a system of energy efficiency and lower utility costs, giving better ROI and lowering carbon footprint.
Steps for to Follow:
Some of the steps to implement Green Computing at the organizational levels are:
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