As an administrative intensive sector, with a significant reliance on IT infrastructure, energy directly attributable to information technology in the financial services sector is significant. Gartner estimates that as much as 40% of the total energy of an organisation in this sector can be directly attributable to IT. Hence, any savings that the IT department can achieve will have a significant impact on the overall performance of the business, particularly relating to emissions and energy reduction.
Direct reductions within the IT department:
Focus on the low hanging fruit first. The lowest of these is actually the desktop and monitor infrastructure which use as much as 39% of the total energy footprint. Powering off these PC’s automatically can create some significant savings for any organisation with 1000’s of devices. NightWatchman, the world’s leading solution in this area can save organisations as much as R200 per desktop per annum and still ensure that patching and management occurs through its reliable and scaleable WakeUP technology.
The datacentre should be the next area of focus, accounting for around 23% of the total energy of the IT department. Here care should be taken to ensure that the datacentre is designed efficiently with hot and cold aisles and the correct temperature and humidity controls. A datacentre that is too cold can be a significant drain on energy which is wasted.
Further savings in the datacentre include virtualisation which can have as much as an 80% saving on energy. Look out for emerging technologies that will place servers into lower power states, reducing significant energy overnight when servers are still running but doing no productive work.
The financial services industry is uniquely positioned to educate the man on the street in relation to global warming and climate change. The reach of the industry is significant and by exposing clients to environmental impacts can be tremendously beneficial in the fight against global warming.
Offering clients offsetting solutions, through various mechanisms can provide a mechanism for raising awareness on environmental issues. impactChoice, the worlds first micro offset certificate issuing authority provides organisations with a technology enablement platform to link business transactions to their carbon equivalents and provide a micro certificate to offset the carbon associated with the transaction.
Our services portfolio provides a roadmap for ICT organisations to embark upon a sustainable IT strategy. Our engagement model starts with IT Footprinter , which provides organisations with a baseline measurement of carbon emissions. IT Analyser provides an assessment of the IT service from procurement through to disposal of assets. Finally IT Transformer assists you with strategy planning and architecting a green IT service.
We have built up a wealth of intellectual capital in this field and offer customers a simple and painless engagement model with deliverables that are pragmatic and relevant, adding real value and improving the environmental credentials of the organisation.