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ICT sustainability discussion paper

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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:

  1. Whether the suggested criteria for evaluating environmental standards and eco-labels are appropriate;
  2. The suitability of self declared or independently certified product eco-labels in the Australian ICT market context;
  3. If there any other energy intensity measures relevant for the Australian Government’s ICT operations;
  4. Enabling or emerging technologies that might assist Australian Government agencies toward sustainability.

Submissions close 30 September.

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