10 Quick Ways to Reduce Your ICT Emissions

Madeleine de Young – October 1, 2014

At September’s ICT Sustainability Benchmark Executive Briefing, Fujitsu presented their ICT Sustainability: New Zealand Benchmark 2014 Report.

At the heart of this report was a core message,

‘ICT as an industry is responsible for 3% of the world’s total global emissions… ICT emissions are comparable to those of the total global aviation industry or the total annual emissions of New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia combined.’

Fujitsu suggest that given current growth rates, 3% will become 6%, if not 10% by 2020.

Within this statistic, 50% of ICT emissions occur during End User Computing (all personal computing activities workers use in their jobs).

So what do we do?

  • Remove Screen Savers
  • Power down PC’s when not in use
  • Install power management software to manage metrics
  • Consider using softphones, thin client/virtual desktops or low watt PC’s
  • Use energy and perfromance rating standards such as energy star
  • Ensure the IT department is accountable for energy usage and speed
  • Ask vendors about their end of life policy and down stream processes to eliminate disposal risk.
  • Conduct a Lifestyle Assessment on your ICT equipment, understand where it all comes from, what components are used and how it is disposed of.

Management is key – in the words of Peter Drucker, ‘What gets measured gets managed’ and ask yourself, ‘How can technology assist in reducing the environmental impact?’

Read the full report here. 

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