Nearly 70 per cent of UK firms are seeking cheap energy prices through the implementation of green business plans, reports the Birmingham Post.
The research from Deloitte reveals that more businesses are looking to both save money during the recession and reduce their carbon footprints by adopting more environmentally-friendly measures.
A mid-sized data centre in the UK uses a similar amount of energy as an urban centre the size of Leicester, but this can be dramatically reduced by adopting energy-efficient measures.
Andrew Winters, head of technology risk at Deloitte in Birmingham, told the paper: "As a major consumer of electricity and producer of waste electronics, the IT department should be one of the first business functions to be scrutinised and made to improve its efficiency."
Mr Winters added that the issue will probably become more pertinent for businesses due to expected regulatory changes in the near future as the government aims for a more carbon-neutral society.
The Carbon Trust recently launched a campaign designed to encourage businesses throughout the UK to save a combined total of £1 million a day by adopting basic energy-efficient measures.
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