What is Green IT?

Published on March 29, 2023 by Laure - Updated on 14 mai 2024 à 14H04

In an increasingly connected society, technology plays a major role in our daily lives. This omnipresence of digital technology has a real impact on the environment, particularly in terms of the energy consumed and electronic waste produced. The concept of Green IT, or responsible digital, aims to reduce the ecological impact of the IT sector. Adopting a more responsible approach has become essential.

For companies specializing in hosting and facilities management, Green IT can have a significant impact on the costs and sustainability of the operations set up for companies using their services. But what exactly the term green IT " ? What are the advantages of choosing an eco-responsible hosting provider?

What is Green IT?

In 2019, the digital sector will account for 3.8% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, equivalent to 1.5 billion French employees going to work for 1 year, or 116 million round-the-world trips by car (42,000 kilometers) ( source :GreenIT.fr study "Environmental footprint of the global digital industry")
Green IT refers toall the practices and technologies implemented to reduce the environmental impact of IT systems..

Its aim is to reduce the carbon impact of digital technology, minimize energy and resource consumption, encourage the recycling and reuse of equipment, promote the energy efficiency of the technologies used, and reduce paper consumption through the dematerialization of documents and the use of digital display technologies.It also aims to reduce paper consumption through the dematerialization of documents and the use of digital display technologies. Green IT therefore encourages digital sobriety by modifying its Practices.

What are the advantages of green IT?

Green IT offers many advantages for hosting providers. Here are some of the main benefits:
  1. Reduced environmental impact through the use of renewable energy sources (solar or wind power) or recyclable (nuclear energy), withoptimizing the energy efficiency of datacenters using more energy-efficient equipment such as virtual servers, implementing more efficient cooling systems, and adopting electronic waste recycling programs.
  2. Cost reduction : By adopting eco-responsible practices such as cloud hosting of data and applications, energy management and document dematerialization of documents, it is possible to make savings on energy and equipment maintenance costs within a company. For example, by opting for cloud hosting for their applications and data, companies save money because they no longer need to reinvest in expensive new hardware when it becomes obsolete. As a result, purchase, maintenance and upgrade costs are reduced.
  3. Brand image enhancementGreen IT: Green IT is a way for a company to differentiate itself from the competition by meeting consumer expectations in terms of the environment. It helps to enhance brand image and reputation. More and more consumers are aware of environmental issues, and are looking to buy environmentally-friendly products and services.
  4. Regulatory compliance The law encourages hosting providers to develop eco-responsible practices, such as electronic waste management or reducing the energy consumption of IT equipment. As a result, by choosing an eco-responsible hosting provider, companies indirectly contribute to reducing their ecological impact.
  5. Improve your overall performance : Green IT practices, such as server virtualization, data center consolidation and the use of more energy-efficient technologies implemented by your Userbergeur, can help improve your operational efficiency by optimizing the performance of information systems and making better use of Resources.
Last but not least, implementing a green IT approach is a gradual process. The environmental impact of the exponential development of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools could be equivalent to that of cars by 2050 if nothing is done. That's why NFrance has embarked on a responsible digital approach to reduce the environmental impact of IT by offering eco-friendly web hosting.

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