Greener government IT

WRITTEN ON Monday, January 16th, 2012 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Greener government IT

It’s a big and timely question as government and businesses across Europe get ready to spend up to $100bn on smart metering projects. In the UK that means the intended rollout of 53m gas and electricity smart meters to 26m households at a projected cost of £11.7bn. That’s on the same scale as the NHS […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, February 29th, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Greener government IT

Peter Blair from DCLG writes to say I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to a study report published by my department in the UK last month, which shows that encouraging more citizens to carry out business with Government online helps to reduce carbon emissions from service delivery operations – far outweighing any negative impact […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Greener government IT, Identity, What do we want?

…reports The Register Carbon emissions from computing looks set to overtake aviation, a UK environmental charity claimed today. According to Global Action Plan, IT now accounts for 10 per cent of energy consumption in the UK. Speaking at the House of Commons this afternoon, Trewin Restorick, the author of “An Inefficient Truth” report, said IT […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, November 8th, 2007 BY Ruth Kennedy AND STORED IN Government Procurement, Greener government IT, Transformational Government

Sustainability and the green agenda is an idea whose time has come globally, and it affects every part of the “transformational” agenda and the work of the government technology community – or so the attendees at a recent Ideal Government dinner agreed. The government is committed to it from the PM down, all our organisations […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, July 2nd, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Greener government IT

John Thakara who does the Doors of Perception conference points out that Carbon Trust and the UK’s Environment Ministry, Defra, have joined with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop a standard method for measuring the embodied green house gas (GHG) emissions in products and services. Once completed, a “Publicly Available Specification” (PAS) will ensure […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, July 1st, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Greener government IT

We had an Ideal Government discussion about public-sector IT and environmental sustainability focussed on four areas: • Contribution to the science of climate change; • Monitoring and supporting response to climate change; • Reducing the direct environmental impact of IT; and • Using IT to change lifestyles and working patterns. The planet is under strain […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, July 1st, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Greener government IT

A BBC story about the e-waste directive (WEEE) prompts the question about what we really want from government’s use of IT is from the green/sustainability perspective, and how far present practice is from ideal. The NAO is about to report on disposal and recycling of IT. The trade association is making rumblings about this (and […]


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