20 February 2008 | Jake Kanter
Manufacturing companies are failing to consider environmental issues when buying IT.
A survey of 110 IT managers by technology supplier SAS Group, found that only 3 per cent of manufacturing companies use a green IT procurement policy. In addition only 28 per cent have an energy management policy (EMP), a system for monitoring their IT power use.
Charles Davis, CEO of SAS group, said the manufacturing industry's lack of commitment to buying green is likely to backfire with the European Commission looking to tighten environmental regulation.
He warned failure to establish green practices could leave "manufacturing businesses with hefty fines and tarnished reputations".
Simon Cranford, chief information officer at SAS Group, advised buyers to look for IT that promoted its energy saving credentials to cut costs.