70% of firms have no green targets

Almost seven out of ten firms have no target to reduce their carbon footprint, a new survey claims.

70% of firms have no green targets

While most firms claim that reducing the carbon footprint is a key part of a green strategy, precious few firms are actually doing so, according to the survey conducted by the Green Technology Initiative.

More than 30% of the IT managers surveyed claim they have “no idea” or no plans to set a carbon footprint target, with nearly 40% claiming they are merely thinking about setting goals.

Renewable energy is also largely snubbed by businesses. Only 6% actively purchase renewable electricity or bio fuels, with nearly 20% claiming they do where it’s offered.

Yet, though few seem keen to address their own energy consumption, businesses want to see more green technology from their equipment suppliers. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed say IT suppliers should improve their products’ energy efficiency by 2010, and 30% wanted to see tax breaks for suppliers buying green technology.

However, there are signs that firms are beginning to get the message when it comes to switching off equipment. 32% of companies claimed to switch off most of their equipment overnight, although a worrying 20% had “no idea” whether equipment was being left on or not.

The full survey findings can be downloaded as a PDF here.

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