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Green is here to stay: Increasing environmental sustainability through the use of IT. Justin Davidson jdavidson@datamonitor.com 7 th November 2007. Agenda. Introduction Government mandates Calculating CO 2 emissions Technology part of broader strategy Home working – a possible solution

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green is here to stay increasing environmental sustainability through the use of it

Green is here to stay:Increasing environmental sustainability through the use of IT

Justin Davidson

jdavidson@datamonitor.com

7th November 2007

agenda
Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Government mandates
  • Calculating CO2 emissions
  • Technology part of broader strategy
  • Home working – a possible solution
  • Seeking advice
introduction
Introduction
  • Technology is proving an important resource for helping to reduce carbon footprint
  • Datamonitor conducted a survey of 100 IT decision makers
slide4

“Climate change doesn’t discriminate. Whether you’re a business, a government, or an individual, it is a threat to us all and therefore a challenge for us all.” – [David Miliband, Former Environmental Secretary]

  • Maintain and increase support
  • Mandates have had influence…and should be built upon

29% of agencies are now compelled to invest in cars that have low CO2 emissions

central government should work with the eu and local government to exert more influence
Central government should work with the EU and local government to exert more influence

What issues drove your organization to enact these environmental sustainability initiatives?

Need to reduce costs

Central government mandate

EU mandate

Local government mandate

Public relations goals

Pressure from employees

Demand from constituents (such as citizens, students,

patients)

Tax benefits

Protect the environment

We do not have or are not planning any

initiatives to promote environmental sustainability

0%

10%

20%

30%

40%

50%

60%

70%

n=100 Respondents may answer “yes” to all or none of the options

without calculating their co 2 emissions agencies will struggle to reduce their carbon footprint

21%

27%

Don't know

No

Yes

52%

Without calculating their CO2 emissions agencies will struggle to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Government guidance
  • Calculating carbon emissions
  • Impact of actions
  • Conscientious employees

Do you calculate your carbon emissions?

n=100

consider less conventional ways to reduce co 2 emissions

Disposing of electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly way

Recycling (all types)

Encourage our employees to switch off their electronic equipment at

night

Staff/department exclusively dedicated to sustainability projects

Other

Flexible working hours (to limit commuting during peak traffic hours)

Energy efficient cooling/heating

Promoting telecommuting (e.g. working from home)

Reduce employee travel commitments

Schemes promoting car sharing

Purchasing carbon offsets

0%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

Consider less conventional ways to reduce CO2 emissions

What initiatives aimed at promoting environmental sustainability does your organization most actively promote?

External to how an

organisation operates

Requires organisational change

n=100

home working has previously provided challenges to the public sector
Home working has previously provided challengesto the public sector
  • Culture
  • Security
  • Infrastructure
  • Concern of cost
  • Fear of declining productivity
so are these challenges too much to overcome

IMPLEMENT

HOME WORKING

=

REDUCTION IN CO2 EMISSIONS

INCREASED EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION

....so are these challenges too much to overcome?

NO!

  • Technology: broadband, security/encryption
  • Productivity: sickness rates down, employee satisfaction up
  • Technology vendors that have their own green credentials
    • Case studies of clients
    • Results
  • Not just a public sector challenge – a challenge for all sectors
conclusion where to look for inspiration
Conclusion: Where to look for inspiration
  • Lack of funding and insufficient staff are the major challenges
  • Look for innovators
  • Private sector can be of assistance
  • IT vendors can complement a complete environmental policy….not solve it