Japan Leads World in Harnessing IT for Sustainability

May 26, 2011 No Comments

In the global effort to avert the worst impacts of climate change, governments, NGOs and enterprises — and not just IT firms — have long held out the promise of technological solutions to some of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Those solutions range from telework programs for large numbers of employees to smart buildings to dematerialization of physical goods in favor of digital products.

A new study by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), a joint partnership between IT industry companies and international NGOs, looks at how well countries have managed to implement green IT solutions within their borders.

The findings put Japan far out in front with a score of 85, and far ahead of Denmark and Germany, which are tied for second place with a score of 65 each.

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