Almost two-thirds of IT managers are being pressured to reduce their carbon footprints, according to a survey.

The results show that 61 per cent are being directed to cut down on their energy usage and 60 per cent plan to reduce their carbon footprint within the next 18 months.

The poll, commissioned by VAR Zycko among IT managers in the UK, also found that 70 per cent already have some green measures in place.

These range from measures such as remote working and video conferencing facilities to reducing the need for employees to travel.

The survey into green IT issues currently faced by medium to large UK businesses also identified major hurdles on the way to reducing carbon emissions.

Almost two thirds (67%) of IT managers are unaware of how much power their data centre draws and less than half (45%) currently enforce shutting down of computers at night and on weekends.

Six per cent have no policies in place at all.

Lack of IT resources and cost were cited as the biggest barriers to becoming green (52%), with 23 per cent claiming they simply do not know what their options are. When asked where they get their information on environmental issues, 39 per cent claimed they rely on their suppliers.

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