Last week the Federal Government released its Discussion Paper on Whole-of-Government ICT Sustainability.
The paper has its origins in last year’s Gershon Review of Australian Government’s Use of ICT. Gershon recommend “the development of a whole-of-government ICT sustainability plan to manage the carbon footprint of the Government’s ICT activities” by December 2009.
When completed, the final plan is expected to include:
- Mandatory environmental standards for ICT acquisitions;
- The process to develop a whole-of-government ICT energy consumption target
- Associated reporting arrangements;
- The identification of energy intensity measures and possibly targets; and
- The development of ICT energy management plans for large Australian Government agencies.
Last week’s discussion paper is a key part of the process in delivering a plan.
Questions being canvassed include:
- Whether the suggested criteria for evaluating environmental standards and eco-labels are appropriate;
- The suitability of self declared or independently certified product eco-labels in the Australian ICT market context;
- If there any other energy intensity measures relevant for the Australian Government’s ICT operations;
- Enabling or emerging technologies that might assist Australian Government agencies toward sustainability.
Submissions close 30 September.