September 10, 2008

Kira Wins Green Award for Cutting Computer Costs

A Derbyshire company has scooped an international green award for helping to save energy in offices.

IT firm Kira Supplies, at Lea, near Matlock, has been named as one of the winners in the Green Apple Environment Awards.

The company has been rewarded for its "ultimate green desktop software" called SoftXpand, which puts to use the full capacity of individual PCs, allowing firms to cut down on the number of computers needed in an office.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber's director of operations, Scott Knowles, said: "The use of computer hardware has grown so much that it is now an almost indispensable part of every office, but at the same time its impact on the environment has increased to the point where IT power consumption is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas production and global warming.

"Kira is to be applauded for its part in spreading this very simple idea that could help companies make significant savings in their computer hardware and running costs."

Kira will be presented with its award at the House of Commons later this year, and will have the chance to represent the UK in the international final in Brussels.

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