Thursday, 22 May 2008

Fujitsu Green Discussion

I was invited along to one of Fujitsu's Executive Discussion Evenings in London the other night. Fujitsu Services puts on these regular events for its IT clients and other interested parties and this one was around the role of government and business in driving the green agenda.

It had three very well-informed (and well-chosen) speakers; the head of the Climate Change Group in Defra (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Senior Environmental Advisor at British Energy (which runs nuclear power stations in the UK) and the Head of Environment at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). They didn't always agree with each other (not surprisingly) but the presentations and following discussions were very interesting.

I find discussions at this level a lot more worthwhile than some Green IT events, which ultimately end up with comparisons around how much money was saved by turning off PCs at night or consolidating data centres. It gives a more thorough understanding of the scale of the problem, the issues that are raised in trying to solve it and the inevitable impact on business. In one sense it can be a little depressing, because it becomes apparent that so much needs to be done. On the other hand it can be very inspiring, because so much needs to be done and a lot of it relies on the IT industry to get there.

The evening was well attended, as it should be. Its the sort of event that every CEO and IT Director should attend, whether they currently have any interest in Green IT or not.

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