Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson has seen the enemy and it is carbon.
Branson touted the Carbon War Room, a group of entrepreneurs, public sector officials and industry leaders as a way to "remove gigatons of carbon out of industry." Branson, speaking at the SAP Sapphire conference, a coordinated Orlando-Frankfurt powwow with customers, Branson said:
Basically the enemy is carbon. There was no war room to coordinate to fight carbon.
When asked where information technology fits into this war on carbon, Branson noted that the industry plays a big role. Information technology companies and industry leaders need to tackle sustainability---especially since data centers will increasingly use more resources and emit more carbon. Branson noted that IT is creating more carbon output than the shipping and airline industries.
Most important thing IT can do is to simplify it. The equipment is producing more carbon output than the shipping industry. Simplify the equipment in one simple environmentally friendly machine. Love if IT people could work on that.
Among other gleanings from Branson's talk: