4 The Government’s Role—Regulation and EPA Activity

“Just a few short years ago, government’s green IT focus centered on recycling print cartridges, but now the focus is on how to be green throughout the entire IT lifecycle.”

—EPA CIO Molly O’Neill, March 2008, at Federal Executive Forum

Governments have a significant role in providing motivation for companies to move to green IT. This motivation can be in the form of tax incentives or in the form of regulation. Government agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continue to have a significant role in advancing energy efficiency in IT equipment and data centers. One of the significant aspects of the information in this chapter is to help convince us of the economic sense ...

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