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India to Spend US$ 70bn on Green IT and Sustainability Solutions by 2015: Gartner

The study also reveals that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry will be the early adopter of green IT and sustainability solutions in India.

India's spending on green IT and sustainability initiatives will double from US$35 billion in 2010 to US$70 billion in 2015, according to Gartner. Also, by the end of this year, the total spending on these initiatives is expected to touch US$ 45 billion forecasts Gartner.

In the Gartner report "Hype Cycle for Green IT and Sustainability in India, 2012," analysts said green IT and sustainability are emerging as key concerns for businesses in India. Though many other technologies are available, government policies will eventually drive green IT and sustainability solutions adoption by Indian enterprises.

"For the first time, a chapter on sustainable development and climate change was introduced in the government's annual Indian Economic Survey, 2011-2012. The survey has suggested making lower-carbon sustainable growth a central element of India's 12th five year plan, which commenced in April 2012," said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, research director at Gartner." This will set the tone for future policy initiatives and regulatory measures from the Indian government that will drive the implementation of some technologies--such as advanced metering infrastructure, carbon capture and sequestration, intelligent transportation system, solar energy technology, building integrated PV systems, ecolabels and footprints, combined heat and power technology, e-waste, distributed power generation, and water management--necessary to usher in low-carbon sustainable growth."

As enterprises embrace IT to improve productivity and drive growth, penetration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure has grown rapidly during the past decade, as has the energy consumption and resulting carbon emissions of India's ICT infrastructure.

"A few leading organizations in the country are beginning to implement green IT and sustainability solutions and to incorporate them into business operations. However, this is through a piecemeal approach that relies more on the hype surrounding the solutions than on the real benefit of the solution to the organization's sustainability and green IT vision. Many Indian organizations still lack the strategic focus that comes with a clear understanding of the core issues and key technologies that bring about real change in the vision for sustainability and green IT in an organization," said Mr. Ramamoorthy.

"The operational cost of making energy-efficient resources available is pressuring CIOs in Indian companies to develop strategies to optimize ICT utilization--including companywide energy management--while not compromising on the growth or deployment of newer technologies," Mr. Ramamoorthy said. "We are already beginning to see the use of energy-efficient technology in data centers, manufacturing facilities, and public buildings in India."


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