The Cool IT Leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change. The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how, and political influence to bring about a rapid clean energy.
Information Technology (IT) companies have a central role to play in enabling a modern, renewable-powered energy infrastructure. As originally outlined by the IT sector in broad terms in the SMART 2020 report, published in 2008, the IT sector has the opportunity to drive transformative change in the consumption and production of energy, with the potential to drive a significant reduction in the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that cause climate change. This analysis was reconfirmed in 2012 in the SMARTer2020 report, with global estimates of GHG reduction potential exceeding 16% by 2020.