Standards should be set about how businesses account for the carbon footprint of outsourced work, Fujitsu Services has said.
The call comes after its research found three-quarters of chief information officers believe they should account for the carbon footprint of operations they have already outsourced.
Some 76 of the 100 CIOs surveyed by IT services firm Fujitsu Services had this viewpoint, while 24 expected the IT contractor to take on the burden. But many businesses are still failing to account for IT at all in their carbon footprint, the research said.
Fujitsu said that client firms still booking the carbon emissions of outsourced work would lead to an overstatement of the total impact on the environment. It said a standard should be set so that businesses do not have to be over-cautious on the matter, and instead know what is required of them.