Councils 'can make difference' through sustainable procurement
Councils should start putting effective sustainable procurement plans in place and make sure that they minimise their IT's impact on the environment, a new report states.
A study from the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) says that the technology industry currently accounts for around two per cent of worldwide CO2 emissions.
Councils can take immediate actions to reduce impact, with procurement policies playing an important part in this process, it says. This can be done by going beyond current green equipment requirements and by avoiding fixed-term technology-refresh deals.
"In addition to putting the ICT function in order, the report shows how carefully planned use of ICT is a major factor in any green change programme designed to reduce an organisation's office estate and travel costs.
"However, it warns that realistic and accurate environmental accounting for new projects is essential."
They should look at using equipment that is not outdated and choose suppliers with producer take-back schemes, to improve their disposal techniques, the study adds.
Article Date: 07 December 2007
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