Sustainable IT

WPP’s personal and network IT equipment accounts for a large proportion of our energy use. We aim to cut the energy used by our computers by up to 30%. We have introduced requirements to improve the energy efficiency of our IT equipment:

  • All new computers must comply with our power consumption standards for desktops, laptops and servers.
  • Only approved devices can be purchased.
  • Power management features must be enabled on all computers. For instance, screens are set to sleep after five minutes and screen savers are disabled. PCs are set to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity and hibernate after 60 minutes of sleep.

In 2009, we will reduce the numbers of servers from over 7,500 to around 3,000. We will also improve the energy efficiency of data centres and server rooms.