The increasing cost of energy and growing environmental legislation are said to be among the biggest threats to the UK IT industry, according to a survey from Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited (UPSL), a Kohler company.

The survey of 2000 IT and data centre professionals revealed that 85% believe rising power costs constitute a ‘major concern to their business’, with 64.91% also saying that increasing environmental legislation represents a ‘significant risk’ to their long-term prosperity.

The  findings of the survey underscore how those working in IT and data centre-related industries are vulnerable to rising power costs and increasing environmental legislation. According to respondents, this potential exposure translates into a growing need to offset rising costs with better performing and more efficient IT products.

Commenting on the results, UPSL director, Alan Luscombe, added: “It comes as no surprise that those in the IT industry are feeling the effects of rising energy prices and the increasing burden from environmental legislation. The UPSL survey helps confirm the fears of many in the industry; that the escalating cost of energy needs to be addressed through a combination of methods, and part of that responsibility falls on equipment suppliers like UPSL to continue to drive developments in product efficiency.”

The research also confirmed that product efficiency is being investigated by almost three quarter of those questioned as a way to help manage increasing costs. Furthermore, nearly two- thirds of respondents revealed that ‘curtailing overheads’ was their primary driver for change. This compares to just 30% who cited ‘reducing their carbon footprint’ as their biggest motivating factor and less than 8% who named ‘a desire to be more socially responsible’