IT, airline industries: equal polluters

Posted by Alastair Otter on August 18, 2008
Posted in Transport

Asked about which industries contribute the most to carbon emissions most people would likely pick on the transport and heavy engineering sectors. It’s unlikely that many would finger the IT sector. But, according to IT analysts Gartner, the IT sector emits just as much carbon dioxide as does the airline industry. At the annual Gartner conference in Cape Town today senior vice president, Peter Sondergaard, said that the company estimated that the IT sector accounted for two percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the same as the airline industry. According to research quoted by the UK Independent, it takes around 1.8 tons of chemicals, fossil fuels and water to produce a PC.

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