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Small business to prepare for emissions trading

With the government’s new emissions trading scheme shedding light on the environment and the climate change crisis, small businesses are being encouraged to address their environmental impact and look at ways to improve their business operations.

Joe Cincotta, director of SaaS Mentor believes that the introduction of the emissions trading scheme in July of next year, will force small businesses to prove their green credentials.

Though few [small businesses] will be directly measured under the scheme, those operating as vendors and suppliers to big business will feel the flow on effect of needing to comply with their customers’ newly instilled green policies and guidelines.”

He believes that one way for small business to prove their green credentials is through better management of their IT infrastructure, as it is often the biggest offender when it comes to global greenhouse emissions.

“A typical SME will run a server to support 5, 10 or 20 employees. But that same server, using the same amount of electricity, is actually capable of supporting upwards of 100 people. That’s a lot of redundant hardware and power consumption – basically just waste” says Cincotta.

Cincotta suggests small businesses look into implementing SaaS (software-as-a-service) in order to increase efficiencies and reduce energy consumption.

“Because SaaS is delivered over the web, it transfers the hosting responsibility to the vendor. Their servers are hosting data for many companies, leveraging massive economies of scale. In terms of electricity usage there is a dramatic increase in efficiency”.

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Jessica Stanic

Jessica Stanic

Jessica has a background in both marketing and journalism and is dedicated to making the website the leading online resource for small to medium businesses with ambitions to grow.

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