GREEN ICT SURVEYThe pervasive nature of ICT today to all industrial and business domains is unquestionable. Avastness of publications mention that ICT can be put at the core of energy efficiency as it isconsidered to have the strength to tackle the problems associated to excessive energyconsumption.Furthermore, ICT is characterized as the enabler of energy efficiency; ICT professionals arethe ones who can facilitate the process of energy saving in their organizational structuresthrough research, implementation and adoption of several techniques, practices and tactics.Moreover, ICT-enabled solutions not only increase efficiency of energy saving but alsodecrease the cost associated to the usage of IT equipments. Therefore, it is suggested thatICT contributions constitute an added value for businesses that can utilize them in order togain a positive impact that will be definitely rewarding in a long-term basis.One of the aims of the current study is to investigate whether the ideas presented above,reflect the actual picture of Greek business in 2010. The present survey has been conductedin order to measure IT Managers’ awareness related to environmental issues; specificallyissues that refer to the reduction of energy consumption in an organizational context. Thesample consists of 44 respondents working in companies that operate both in the privateand public sector, as well as NGOs, all of which have big IT departments. A questionnairecomprising 25 questions was delivered via email and HEPIS’ newsletter to 2,000 ITManagers. The findings can be summarized as follows: There is a general positive attitude towards recycling. The majority of respondentsmentioned that their companies engage in recycling in various ways. These areillustrated in the following charts:0%18%11%64%7%0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%We throw it awayWe store it until we decide what we willdoWe donate it to organizations withcharitable statusWe arrange for it to be collected by anelectronics recycling company.None of the aboveWhen you have to remove an old PC from usage, whatprocedure does the company follow?
More than half of the respondents stated that when they make a purchase decision,they take into consideration the IT product’s energy consumption.Yes64%No27%I dont know9%Do you use recycled printer supplies/ catridges?We throw it away14%We return it for asmall fee to acompany thatrecycles printeraccessories30%We return it tothe manufacturercompany whichhas a system ofwaste collection40%None of theabove16%When you have to withdraw an ink cartridge or toner, whatprocedures does the company follow?
The analysis of data shows that there are systems in place which ensure that officeequipments are turned off at the end of the day.However, the results of the study indicate that management is not always committed toengage the workforce in ‘green practices’. This conclusion is generally supported by thefollowing findings: Almost half of the IT Managers participating in the survey acknowledged that thereare no government directives/ control systems for energy saving in theirorganizations.Yes66%No16%I dontknow18%For many people the products energy consumption is one ofthe factors considered when making purchase decisions. Doyou take this into account when making a purchase?Yes66%No34%Is there a system in your company that checks if employeesturn off their PCs, printers, monitors and any otherequipments when they leave their desks at the end of theday?
The majority of respondents reported that there are no systems for monitoringemployees’ energy consumption reduction. When it comes to printing, 55% of the interviewees stated that there are norestriction policies in place regarding the amount of pages an employee is allowed toprint at a given period of time. Also, double-sided printing is used as a default optiononly by 15 out of 44 companies (34%) that participated in the study.Yes34%No48%I dontknow18%Are there government directives and/ or control systems forenergy saving in your company?Yes14%No68%I dont know18%Have you developed any systems for monitoring theemployees energy consumption reduction?
The vast majority of companies under investigation do not have systems thatautomatically switch off the lights in rooms that no one uses.Yes39%No54%I dont know7%Are there any restriction policies on printing?Yes5%No90%I dont know5%Is there a system that automatically switches off the lights inrooms where no motion is detected for some time?
The sample is evenly distributed when it comes to purchasing decisions and selection ofsuppliers. More specifically, whilst 43% of the sample takes into consideration whetherpurchased IT equipments are made of recycled products, 41% does not payattention of that criteria. Furthermore, 34% stated that one of the criteria used for the selection of supplier ishis adherence to ISO 14000 procedures which certify that processes used meet therequirements of Green practices. However, 39% acknowledged that this is not thecase.Yes43%No41%I dontknow16%When you decide to purchase IT equipment, do you takeinto consideration whether the product is made of recycledmaterials?Yes34%No39%I dont know27%The procedures of ISO 14000 certify that the process meetsthe requirements of Green Practices. When you have todecide about the possible supplier of your products/services, do you measure if the supplier puts theseprocedures in practice?
The above synopsis of findings illustrate that although there is an increased awarenesstowards the issue of energy efficiency and energy saving, actual practices withinorganizations cannot be characterized as ‘Green practices’. There is a general notion ofsensitization towards the adoption of Green practices in Greek organizational structures, butthe measures that are currently in place need to be supported by the management in agreater extent. This calls for a more intensive approach towards the implementation of‘Green practices’ in daily operations within Greek organizations.