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Kiwi business lagging on Green issues

Kiwi business lagging on Green issues

IBM, Business Council research finds firms are opting for quick changes.

New Zealand businesses are making changes that result in quick energy use reductions, but only a fifth have a formal sustainable development strategy, new research shows. Tech giant IBM and the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development canvassed 2302 business decision makers between February and March this year, including 200 IT managers, and found many were struggling to act sustainably.

The study also found the number of IT managers who believed local businesses had to be more sustainable to have continued success in the global economy, was less than their business counterparts (55 against 65 percent). Also, 26 percent of IT managers didn’t think it was possible to reduce emissions from IT equipment without compromising performance.

According to the study 47 percent of local firms surveyed had introduced recycling schemes, 38 percent monitored energy use and 34 percent used energy-efficient lighting. However, only 21 percent said they had a formal plan for sustainable development.

“That’s the low hanging fruit that everyone can do,” says the council’s CEO Peter Neilson. “Too few are aware of new computing approaches that offer similarly practical ways to save energy, money and have a greater environmental impact.”

Neilson says rising energy costs are a key driver when it comes to sustainability. He cites the statistic that in 30 percent of businesses in New Zealand, energy costs are rising faster than any other cost.

Fairfax Business Media

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