凯捷研究院（CRI, Capgemini Research Institute）的报告“可持续IT：为什么企业IT进行绿色革命的时期已到来”显示，为加速可持续IT实施制定了全面路线图的企业已经实现了ESG （Environment, Social and Governance）分数的提高（61%），持续的IT实践直接提升客户满意度提高（56%）、降低税收（44%）。然而，企业仍然不知道如何实施可持续的IT实践，如何主动应对企业IT对环境的影响：只有6%企业的可持续IT成熟度处于高水平。
As organizations around the world look to balance their growth objectives with the need to build sustainable businesses, it is important to ensure that balance extend to the use of technology as well. While tech solutions can help solve environmental issues, IT as a whole, has a significant carbon footprint itself. For instance, data centers represented nearly 1% of the world’s energy demand in 2019.1 And
the digital acceleration that we have seen during
the COVID-19 pandemic will further increase the enterprise IT carbon footprint.
The tech industry is urgently addressing this critical issue. For example, Microsoft is experimenting with approaches that help reduce the energy requirements of data centers. Microsoft’s Project Natick, for instance, aims at testing the performance and energy efficiency of underwater data centers.2 But this focus on sustainable IT does not seem to be important
for most organizations. We found, for instance, that 89% of organizations recycle less than 10% of their IT hardware.
This research focuses on how to make enterprise IT itself more sustainable (it does not, therefore, look in detail at how smart systems can be used to develop innovative sustainability solutions). To investigate this critical issue, we surveyed 1,000 organizations with annual revenues in excess of USD1 billion to understand their outlook when it comes to sustainable IT. We also interviewed senior IT executives, sustainability professionals, as well as senior executives from core functions such as human resources, finance, and marketing. In this research, we address the following questions:
1. What is the impact of enterprise IT on the environment and how is it growing?
2. To what extent are organizations aware of the environmental impact of IT?
3. Are organizations prioritizing sustainable IT?
4. What are the benefits of implementing sustainable IT initiatives and what are the key use cases that organizations should focus on?
5. What is the roadmap for organizations to accelerate the implementation of sustainable IT initiatives?