The Queensland Government recently announced its new purchasing arrangements for desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and file servers. Under new arrangements, the Government is set to make cost savings of up to 40 percent, and also achieve substantial environmental improvements.
Last week, Queensland’s Minister for Public Works, Housing, and Information and Communications Technology, Robert Schwarten, announced the outcome of its recent tender for a whole of government standing offer. The new arrangements will combine eight existing standing offers and simplify purchasing arrangements for government agencies.
One of the tender’s key selection criteria was a requirement for “environmental benefits including energy consumption, recyclability and packaging”.
Vendors are now required to minimise excessive packaging, and to take responsibility for appropriately disposing of purchased government equipment at the end of its lifecycle. “We wanted to make sure there is a recycling policy involved to make sure these aren’t ending up as landfill”, a spokesperson was quoted. The new equipment is set to achieve power savings at a minimum of 30%, compared with the previous generation of desktop PCs.
The tender demonstrated that it is possible to achieve substantial cost savings as well as environmental improvements. Savings of more than $20m are expectd in a full year of use.
Suppliers selected under the scheme are Data#3, Dell and Fujitsu, providing equipment from Acer, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and Toshiba. Support is provided by 49 suppliers around Queensland.
As discussed in a previous release of the Medium, sustainability and the environment are emerging hot topics for the ICT industry. ICT is seen here as both hero and villain. This view is supported by outcome of a study recently announced by the Australian Computer Society. This study placed the environmental impact of ICT used by Australian business, as on par with the impact of the civil aviation and metal production industries.