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AIIA to Reward Sustainability and Green IT Champions at the 2009 iAwards

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) stepped up recognition of environmental initiatives in the local ICT industry with the announcement of a Sustainability and Green IT category in the 2009 iAwards, the industry’s leading awards program at the AIIA Sustainable Futures Forum today in Melbourne.
  • 07 October, 2008 12:56

<p>Canberra, AUSTRALIA – 7 October 2008 - The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) stepped up recognition of environmental initiatives in the local ICT industry with the announcement of a Sustainability and Green IT category in the 2009 iAwards, the industry’s leading awards program at the AIIA Sustainable Futures Forum today in Melbourne.</p>
<p>“ICT will make a critical contribution to the way that Australia and the world responds to the challenges of climate change,” said AIIA CEO Ian Birks. “This role needs to be recognised by the wider community and grown throughout the global economy. The iAwards will provide a platform for Australia’s best technology innovators to showcase their initiatives on a world stage. Through this category, the AIIA is recognising the potential rewards sustainable ICT initiatives in Australia can offer to encourage businesses to embrace opportunities available on an international scale.”</p>
<p>The shift towards green ICT and sustainability is being increasingly driven by both government and the private sector. The ICT industry is taking the responsibility to reduce its own emissions seriously through improved energy efficiency in products, manufacturing processes, life-cycle design and industry-wide initiatives such as Climate Savers Computing. Major vendors are now promoting server and storage virtualisation to businesses to reduce energy consumption. The recently tabled Gershon review also recommends the consolidation and reduction of Federal Government data centres.</p>
<p>As Australia prepares for the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the ICT industry will supply the software solutions that allow businesses to effectively track and report their carbon emissions. These innovations will emphasise the importance of ICT in its contribution towards addressing the impacts of climate change.</p>
<p>According to Gartner, the ICT industry contributes around two percent of carbon emissions world-wide. The AIIA believes the ICT industry will be a driving force in tackling 98 percent of emissions generated by other sectors of the economy.</p>
<p>“However, the real value of ICT in addressing climate change issues is the potential for significant impact across the entire world economy,” said Mr Birks. “A recent WWF study identified the opportunity for the strategic application of ICT to yield a 1 billion ton reduction in CO2 emissions around the globe by 2020.”</p>
<p>Reflecting the mantra ‘think global – act local,’ iAwards are given at the both the state and national level with national winners going on to compete internationally at the APICTA Awards with the best in the Asia Pacific region.</p>
<p>AIIA presents the iAwards each year to recognise the best Australian information and communications technology (ICT) innovations. Nominations for the 2009 iAwards open on 5 January 2009 and registrations will open next week through www.iAwards.com.au</p>
<p>Today’s announcement coincides with the opening of the AIIA Sustainable Futures Forum where thought leaders in the fields of business, technology and environmental sustainability have gathered to discuss views on the impact of emissions trading on the IT industry, present inspiring case studies and industry best practices for green ICT initiatives. For information about the forum, visit www.aiiaconference.com.au.</p>
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<p>For more information contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>Tel: 0412 868 306</p>
<p>Email: gabriel.wong@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
<p>AIIA – Leading the ICT Business Community</p>
<p>The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) sets the strategic direction of the ICT industry, influences public policy, engages industry stakeholders and provides member companies with business productivity tools, advisory services and market intelligence to accelerate their business growth. www.aiia.com.au</p>

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