Most Profitable Sustainable IT Initiatives Are Underutilized: Gartner
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Most Profitable Sustainable IT Initiatives Are Underutilized: Gartner

The study found that 64% of executive leaders feel they are not getting the emissions data they need from suppliers. “Because of these constraints, some executive leaders have difficulty prioritizing sustainable IT initiatives or knowing where to start,” Moyer said. “They also neglect to consider sustainable IT initiatives that are low-cost and achieve moderate greenhouse gas reductions.”

While the top two areas where leaders have made the most sustainable IT initiatives are data centers (86% of respondents) and digital workplaces (79% of respondents), there are initiatives that are more cost-effective and have low adoption in both categories. In data centers, these include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), right-sizing, and improved cooling.

“Executive leaders should right-size their UPSs based on current and future capacity requirements to help drive efficiency and cost savings,” Moyer said. “Improved cooling systems, such as immersion cooling, passive cooling and direct chip cooling, are also underutilized and can lead to significant reductions in water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.”

In the workplace, executive leaders are not fully embracing IT circularity. Only 22% of executive leaders surveyed are purchasing refurbished assets to improve circularity, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, many organizations still refresh devices based on a fixed (three- to five-year) expected lifespan, rather than using analytics to determine the optimal time to replace laptops, PCs, and servers. Leaders should use device performance analytics and telemetry data to replace devices as needed. Gartner estimates that PC as a service will grow to 50% of PC purchases by 2027, up from 20% in 2023.