With the information-technology (IT) industry at the forefront of one of the fastest growing business sectors – mobile phone, computer and general technology use – it’s only natural that business leaders and government officials are turning to this industry for help in reducing energy consumption. Increased energy usage has become a serious issue in numerous countries worldwide, and while alternative energy sources are being explored in many areas, a reduction in actual energy usage is considered to be an essential aspect of solving this problem.

Fortunately, the IT industry has already been taking significant steps to reduce energy consumption. Even as some of these efforts prove to be successful, IT pros are still searching for additional methods of energy conservation.

Data Management

IT industry professionals are primarily concerned with simplifying data center management. Storing data from millions of Internet users requires a significant amount of energy and space. There’s also the energy required to manage millions of mobile phone users to consider. Many IT businesses have started to tackle this issue already.

By making data centers more energy-efficient, IT professionals can create a major reduction in their energy use. This has also allowed these businesses to store data for even more users without using a significant amount of additional energy.

Commercial and Residential Devices

In addition to reducing energy usage at data centers, the IT industry has also started to look at ways of reducing energy usage in commercial and residential devices. That includes things like routers and security devices, many of which are run on a 24/7 basis.

By making these products more efficient, IT professionals are confident that they can make a serious reduction in the amount of energy consumed by individual users. To compound their efforts, many people are urging national governments to support IT industry businesses by promoting green initiatives for products and services.

Reduced Emissions

Now that so many IT companies are making their data centers and devices more efficient, the results are noticeable. According to a study released by the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), the IT sector reduced CO2 emissions from IT equipment by more than 32 million metric tons worldwide between 2007 and 2010. Since then, the IT industry has continued to make strides in CO2 emission reduction, with innovations such as ductless heat pumps.

Future Challenges

Today, IT industry professionals continue to see the importance of reducing energy usage. However, their work is not done. As more and more people begin using the Internet, mobile phones and other IT products and services, more energy will be consumed. It’s important to support these IT companies in the progress they’re making in reduced energy use since their work will impact future generations.