Green offices topping government agenda

The government has promised to make its technology operations carbon neutral by 2013.

Chairman of the National Outsourcing Association Martyn Hart, writing on said that green IT within commercial property was being pushed to the top of the governement’s agenda.

The green agenda has been pushed to the top of many London offices’ lists now, with the founder of Dell, Michael Dell, telling journalists in the capital that interest in green IT was increasing.

Outsourcing is viewed as one way of cutting down the cost of making environmental changes, Mr Hart said, due to cheaper options not being the best ones any more.

However, not all are convinced that going green is an option during the difficult economic climate.

The Financial Times reported earlier this month that rental cost was now the key factor in what offices to chose in central London, with energy efficiency and green issues coming bottom of the pile.

Bradley Baker, head of central London for Knight and Frank, told the newspaper: “While the green agenda and sustainability issues are fundamental to the future of office buildings … as economic markets suffer such requirements become less of a priority to central London office occupiers.

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