Next Generation of It Leaders More Concerned about the Environment than Reducing Costs.

 
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Sapio Research

Environmental impact of service providers set to influence business decision making in the near future.

Leading IT professionals are embracing the need to be more environmentally aware, and as a result expect other companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible.

This is according to new research set to be published in January 2020 from one of the UK's fastest growing independent data centre, Volta Data Centres.

The research shows that over a quarter (26%) of UK IT decision makers have changed utility provider because they disagreed with their views / environmental practices. This figure rises to 42% of those under 35 years old.

The independent research project, carried out by Sapio Research, quizzed over 200 UK-based IT decision makers on their views ranging from environmental responsibility, cyber-security and data privacy.

The results showed that decisions aren't being made on price alone and that there is a growing shift towards more environmentally responsible businesses. Over half (51%) stated they would be more likely to use renewable energy from a utility service provider even if it was more expensive --rising to 72% of the under 35s.

Over two thirds (68%) of those working in companies with more than 200 employees would also be more likely to use renewable energy despite the cost.

Jon Arnold, Managing Director at Volta Data Centres, said: "This research has shown that the purchasing decisions made by many technology leaders in the UK will be based on what providers are doing to combat the environmental challenge we all face. The responsibility to tackle environmental issues doesn't fall to any singular sector, in fact our research shows that IT leaders see Governments, Corporations and us as individuals sharing equal responsibility."

The level of commitment to environmental change may take some in government and big business by surprise.

According to the survey, over one third (35%) of IT decision makers would be likely to quit their current job if they discovered their employer did not take any measures to be environmentally responsible--rising to 59% of the under 35s. In addition, 21% of this younger demographic would also be prepared to...

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