A survey of IT decision makers at top UK businesses conducted by the SAS Group, an international provider of IP-based network and communication infrastructure services, has revealed that the manufacturing industry is trailing behind other UK business sectors when it comes to green issues. Just 28 per cent of manufacturing businesses surveyed have an energy management policy in place, and only three percent adhere to green IT procurement practices. A further 38 per cent of manufacturers have no plans to adopt policies for energy management over the next 12 months.
The results fare better for other industries, with 50 per cent of retail, business and computing companies stating that they already have an energy management system (EMS) in place. In the financial industry, the figure stands at 44 per cent, whilst for media businesses, it is 40 per cent.
‘These results provide interesting reading, as the manufacturing industry is arguably responsible for more carbon emissions than any other business sector,’ said Charles Davis, CEO of the SAS Group. ‘However, this lack of commitment to the environment actually looks likely to backfire on the manufacturing industry with the European Commission looking to tighten anti-pollution regulations. Failure to establish green procurement practices for all areas of the business before these strict regulations come into force could actually leave manufacturing businesses with hefty fines and tarnished reputations, and without enough time to properly plan for and implement green ICT infrastructures.’