Analyst report warns of cutting Green PC funding

Low-power computing initiatives recoup their initial investment in 12-18 months, plus other green tips

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By  Quintin Smith Published  April 3, 2008

A new report from Steve Kleynhans, vice-president of research at Gartner, warns companies away from reducing funding for Green PC projects when budget cuts have to be made.

The report states that IT departments that make the effort to go green will often find it actually alleviates the pressure on their budgets, and that the small initial investment required will be recouped within 12 to 18 months following reduced electric bills and increased organizational efficiency.

Kleynhans says: “Faced with an economic downturn, many organisations tend to cut back on soft programmes - such as green efforts - as a cost saving measure. However, companies need to pursue these low-risk initiatives as they often provide quick returns that are especially attractive in a cost-cutting environment.”

Kleynhans’ report goes on to list four initiatives that are equally green and financially advisable: ensuring new PCs have Eco-Friendly labels, putting unused PCs in low-power states, recycling old systems to recoup some of their value, and starting programmes which maximize efficiency through solutions like advanced technology or minimized commuting times.

Additional information can be found in Gartner’s full report, which is available for purchase here.

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