The 2011 Greening government ICT strategy set out how government ICT will contribute to green commitments and provide financial savings using efficient, green practices. The strategy included an initial 4-year roadmap of commitments to reduce the government’s technology energy consumption and promote sustainable digital alternatives to paper-based processes.
This 2015 report shows departments meeting a number of significant commitments and targets.
Government digital approaches underpinned a major reduction in energy consumption by ICT this year, as reported by 10 departments. These digital approaches included procuring commodity services through:
14 major departments have now reached the target Sustainable ICT Maturity Level of 3 (Practised), adopting best practices across most ICT and business sustainability services. Using print management services is much more widespread.
Departments have used shared print resources, energy efficient multi-function devices and default energy and paper saving print settings to meet their greening government commitments. More e-conferencing services and virtualisation techniques, and increased servers and storage use have also contributed to greater energy efficiency.