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Sustainable IT has significant benefits, but currently again not one to concentrate for most organizations
While half of companies have a firm-wide approach to sustainability, less than one in five (18%) have a comprehensive sustainability IT strategy
Paris, May 25, 2021 – According to a new report from Capgemini Research Institute, entitled “Sustainable computing: Why it’s time for a green revolution for your organization’s IT“, the organizations that have built a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate sustainable IT1 implementation have achieved improved ESG scores (61%), improved customer satisfaction (56%) and reduced taxes (44%) as a direct result of sustainable IT practices. Again, oorganizations are again largely unconscious oF how to implement sustainable IT practical and proactively address the environmental impact of business–HE: only 6% of companies with a high level of sustainable IT maturity.
While technological solutions can help solve environmental problems, IT as a whole has a carbon footprint itself. The new report has identified the fastest growing areas of business IT emissions and presents a three-step roadmap for organizations to develop and execute their sustainable IT strategies.
However, organizations do not yet see sustainable IT as a priority or tool in their broader sustainability agenda and journey to reduce their carbon footprint: According to the report, only 22% plan to reduce more than a quarter of their carbon footprint thanks to sustainable IT development over the next three years.
Organizations are generally unaware of the environmental impact of IT
A clear lack of awareness about the environmental impact of IT emerged, with 57% of respondents ignoring their own organization’s IT carbon footprint. Those in banking and the consumer products sector have the highest awareness levels (52% and 51% respectively), while the industrial manufacturing sector is the lowest (28%). Only 34% know that the production of mobiles and laptops has a higher carbon footprint than the use of these devices during their lifetime.
This awareness gap is compounded by the fact that sustainable computing currently does not receive the same attention and resources as other green initiatives. When it comes to strategy, half of companies have a firm-wide approach to sustainability, but less than one in five (18%) have a comprehensive sustainability IT strategy with well-defined goals and timelines .
Most organizations do not have adequate tools or common standards to measure the environmental impact of IT. Only 29% use carbon assessment tools and only 34% say sustainable computing is part of their board level agenda. The use of KPIs to track and measure the progress of a company’s IT sustainability is also not widespread, with only 23% of organizations measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, only 1% achieved their goals. Setting a carbon cost to IT operations can help organizations in all departments realize the impact of their IT footprint, but only 27% of organizations have standardized the practice.
High mmaturity oorganizations derive more benefits
The tech sector is well positioned to play an influencing and advocacy role for policy change. Tech companies are taking proactive steps to decarbonize IT operations, services and products, and many players have announced goals to become carbon neutral. As a result, many organizations are looking to shift the responsibility onto the tech industry to help them implement sustainable IT practices. Some 52% of companies told the Capgemini Research Institute that tech companies should embed a sustainable IT dimension in their products and services, 61% want tech companies to help them measure the environmental impact of their IT, and 45% are ready to pay extra. up to 5% for sustainable IT products and services.
“Sustainability must be at the heart of our global post-pandemic recovery effort, and It cannot be overlooked. Oorganizations must recognize and act on the carbon cost of our digital world by accelerating the shift to business models supported by sustainable IT capabilities,” says Cyril Garcia, CEO of Capgemini Invent and member of the group’s management, executive sponsor of the group’s CSR program.
“Organizations must have diagnostic tools, strategies and a roadmap to accelerate their journey towards decarbonisation. Approval of all stakeholders in the organization will be critical to success with a sustainable software architecture and change in employee behavior. Beyond the environmental imperative, the commercial benefits are irresistible in terms of results, social status and client satisfaction. ”
The report ends with a three-step roadmap to accelerate sustainable IT, which includes:
- Lay the foundation for a sustainable IT strategy that aligns with the organizational sustainability strategy
- Creation of a governance process with a dedicated sustainable IT team and management support
- Operationalize sustainable IT initiatives with sustainability a key pillar of software architecture
A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
Methodology of the report
The Capgemini Research Institute surveyed 1,000 organizations with annual revenues of over $ 1 billion to understand their sustainable IT prospects. This included organizations in insurance, retail, consumer products, banking, energy and utilities, life sciences and health, automotive , telecommunications, industrial manufacturing, technological services and the public sector. The Capgemini Research Institute interviewed senior IT executives, sustainability professionals, as well as senior executives in critical functions such as human resources, finance and marketing.
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About the Capgemini Research Institute
The Capgemini Research Institute is Capgemini’s internal think tank on all things digital. The Institute publishes research on the impact of digital technologies on large traditional businesses. The team relies on the global network of Capgemini experts and works in close collaboration with academic and technological partners. The Institute has dedicated research centers in India, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States. It was recently ranked # 1 worldwide for the quality of its research by independent analysts.
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1 Sustainable computing is an umbrella term that describes an environment-based approach to the design, use and disposal of computer hardware and software applications, as well as the design of associated business processes. The term also extends to activities such as the responsible mining of rare metals used to develop computer hardware, water conservation and the application of circular economy principles throughout the life cycle of the plant. technology. Capgemini’s research covers four key areas of enterprise computing, including user hardware and devices, communications networks and systems, applications and data, and cloud computing.
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