IT professionals 'less concerned' about environmental impact

Senior IT professionals are becoming less concerned about the impact their businesses are having on the environment. According to a survey by Version One, 86 per cent of senior IT professionals are concerned about the negative impact their company is having on the environment, down 12 per cent compared with an identical survey carried out by Version One in February 2007.

Some 48 per cent of respondents said that they were "very concerned" about their company’s environmental impact, compared with 56 per cent in February 2007. In Version One’s latest survey, 12 per cent admitted they were "not concerned" about their company’s environmental impact, compared with just 1 per cent in the 2007 survey.

Some respondents suggested that the UK government is pushing green agendas simply to raise revenue. One, an IT manager in a large healthcare organisation, questioned "What impact on the environment?" The remaining 2 per cent of respondents didn’t know whether they should be concerned or not.

“It’s clear that the majority of IT professionals remain concerned about the impact their organisations are having on the environment – however, the latest survey findings also suggest one of two things,” says Version One general manager Lynne Munns. “Either IT professionals are becoming more apathetic about green issues and the role they can play to help reduce CO2 emissions and their company’s overall environmental impact, or since February 2007, some of the respondents’ businesses have actively taken steps to reduce their environmental impact – and so are less concerned as a result.”

If complacency has set-in, it’s imperative that this does not continue, as IT professionals need to ensure that their IT strategies are closely aligned with their organisations’ green agendas, Munns adds.

Version One carried out the research with 100 senior IT professionals (IT directors and managers) across a range of UK public and private sector organisations.

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