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Introduction - Pg. 11

INTRODUCTION The majority in today's industrialised economies are knowledge workers rather than manual workers. They work primarily in offices and rely on Information and Communications Technology infrastructures to support their daily activity. Any organisation pursuing an environmentally friendly strategy ­ whether it is a focused Green IT strategy or a broader corporate strategy to reduce carbon footprint and increase environmental effectiveness ­ will obviously take account of the carbon footprint of their offices and all the activity that goes on inside them. Key areas for consideration must include: energy usage and power consumption (for powering the ICT infrastructure as well as for heating and lighting) in the office growing data storage requirements, which increase the carbon footprint of the office the computing infrastructure that supports office workers paper usage ­ always a significant aspect of the office's carbon footprint office supplies printing, printer inks and toners the potential for recycling (with its attendant security issues) cleaning and janitorial activities office furniture staff refreshments and catering services travel costs. 11