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Environment Department to Deliver Greener IT

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Department Environment Water Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) last week released the much anticipated tender for outsourcing of Desktop, Midrange, LAN, and Helpdesk services. One of the most striking features of the tender is the strong emphasis on green IT issues.

The tender documents provide details of the Department's environmental policies, and some of the savings it has already achieved.

DEWHA has implemented an international standard on environmental management to ISO14001, and claims to have significantly decreased CO2 emissions associated with light and power, and achieved a waste and recycling rate of approximately 95%.

DEWHA is clearly providing leadership in green IT. The tender document states that the agency aims to take a leading role in implementing environmental policy in its business activities, and this is reflected in the requirements of this RFT.

For example, tenderers are required to pro-actively identify where impacts can be minimized in areas including power consumption, cooling requirements and e-waste disposal. The selected supplier will also be required to cooperate with the agency to proactively implement data centre efficiency initiatives reducing use of power and other resources.

Tenderers are required to submit environment specifications for each item proposed for supply under the contract, and will be required to report annually detailing how they have pro-actively minimized their environmental impacts.

DEWHA recently issued a Pre-Release Industry Briefing paper for this tender.

DEWHA is the second of the old Group 8 outsourcing cluster (comprising DAFF, DEWHA, CASA), Australian Public Service Commission and Australian Communications and Media Authority) to go to the market, the first being Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture (DAFF).

In July 2000, members of the Group 8 cluster outsourced their IT services to IPEX, now Commander Communications. It is estimated that the value of the contract over nine years was about $360 million. The conclusion of these outsourcing arrangements comes at a difficult time for Commander that recently announced it had gone into voluntary administration.

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