WRITTEN ON December 4th, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Greener government IT, Identity, What do we want?

…reports The Register

Carbon emissions from computing looks set to overtake aviation, a UK environmental charity claimed today. According to Global Action Plan, IT now accounts for 10 per cent of energy consumption in the UK. Speaking at the House of Commons this afternoon, Trewin Restorick, the author of “An Inefficient Truth” report, said IT departments have been “incredibly slow to get off the mark” when it comes to reducing their carbon footprints.

I know what you’re thinking: yet another reason not to introduce the ID System. And yes, that’s exactly what Trewin goes on to argue

For instance, the proposed introduction of ID cards is a short-sighted plan which overlooks the impact the added amount of data could have on the UK’s carbon emissions, Restorick argued.

It’s not the first reason I’d have thought of not to do it. But any reason will do.

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