According to a study by Gartner and the World Wide Fund for Nature, the information and communication technology industry has been slow to embrace the low carbon economy and are missing out on opportunities.
Gartner and the World Wide Fund for Nature invited 24 global ICT providers to participate in a five- section study on their commitment to tackling climate change. The first three examined how providers run their business internally, their supply chain, and how well they communicate their work on impact on climate change. The remaining two looked at the extent to which the providers are focusing on climate change as a commercial opportunity.
The survey found that of the 15 vendors that responded to the survey, Fujitsu, HP and IBM did well in virtually every category. While nine providers, Accenture, Acer, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EDS, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun and TCS chose not to participate.
Self-professed leaders, such as Nokia, Ericsson, Google, Nortel, Cisco, SAP and Wipro, all lacked an overall GHG target, according to the study. Google was singled out for not having an environmental policy, while Nortel and Cisco were reported as having bland and non-committal policies.