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Environmental Concerns Distant Priority In IT Purchasing Decisions

Over 60 percent of companies regard cost as the key factor in IT purchasing decisions and over 35 percent view security as the primary concern, according to the latest survey from 1E. Environmental concerns remain a distant third priority, with just three percent of respondents citing these issues as their priority. 

1E’s study, which surveyed IT managers from 100 UK enterprise organizations, indicates that the more traditional considerations of cost and security continue to dominate the procurement agenda for technology infrastructure, despite increasing corporate and governmental focus on issues such as power consumption and carbon footprints. 

More than two-thirds of those companies surveyed are yet to impose any kind of formal policy for the shutting-down of company PCs during evenings and weekends.  Findings of a recent National Energy Foundation study, conducted in collaboration with 1E, estimated that 1.7 million corporate PCs are routinely left on by UK companies when not in use, wasting some 1.5kWh of electricity and generating around 700,000 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 each year. 

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