Overall, 68% of CIOs said their organisations did not offset carbon emmission and only 10% of CIOs surveyed said that environmental issues were managed by the IT department.
IBM said that despite the current sense that little progress is being made, the IT function is well placed when it comes to reducing its environmental impact. IBM noted that by adopting existing energy efficiency methodologies and technologies, corporate servers and data centres could cut power use from current efficiency trends by 56% by 2011, according to the EPA. For the US alone, this would reduce projected electricity costs from some £15bn to £8.5bn, providing a cost-saving incentive and delivering a reduction in future CO2 emissions. Beyond the datacentre, simple initiatives, such as switching off PCs when not in use and minimising unnecessary printing, can improve an organisation's green credentials and save money at the same time, IBM said.