Comptia, the global IT association, has launched a new green IT certificate.

The new Strata Green IT certificate, which is backed by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is for IT professionals who can demonstrate they have the technical skills to ensure that IT policies that reduce emissions are implemented, maintained and monitored.

The launch of the certificate comes as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme is due to come into force on 1 April. The scheme provides financial incentives for companies who reduce their use of electricity.

To gain the certificate, IT professionals will learn how to develop and implement an internal IT strategy, understand how to use assessment tools, and ensure the strategy delivers a good return on investment.

Specific skills that will be assessed for the certificate include disposal of hazardous materials, preservation of power and virtualisation.

IT professionals can study for the new qualification independently or through accredited training providers across the country.

The Institute recently launched a Foundation Certificate in IT which aims to help policy makers and facilities managers understand carbon energy accounting, green IT strategies and regulations.

Matthew Poyiadgi, European vice-president at CompTIA, said: "For many organisations, green IT offers untapped potential to reduce both costs and emissions. Holders of the CompTIA and BCS qualifications will have the means to help organisations take advantage of this potential."