The South Australian Premier Mike Rann signed an accord with the Technology Industry Association (TIA) on Wednesday, aimed at reducing green house gas emissions associated with the electronics and ICT industry.
The agreement, signed on 17 February 2010, seeks to reduce the amount of electronic devices that end up in land-fill, reduce technology industry energy consumption, increase renewable energy and develop new products that assist customers in reducing their greenhouse footprint.
According to TIA President Peter Charlesworth, “The South Australian electronics and ICT sector is a fast growing, export focused, design, IT and manufacturing industry with an estimated total revenue in excess of $7.5 billion per annum and employs more than 30,000 people in this State”.
“The Government has entered into this agreement in order to achieve the State targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% of 1990 levels by 2050 and to increase the proportion of renewable electricity generated and consumed,” said Mr Charlesworth.
The Business Sustainability Alliance (BSA) co-ordinates the delivery of services and information from the South Australian Government to support sustainable business practice. It aims to help businesses achieve long-term profitability and growth, using fewer resources.
Within State Government, the BSA will provide resources to five electronic businesses as a trial to demonstrate the commercial benefit in energy and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The TIA said the initial focus will be on:
- Product and process innovation;
- Industry education;
- Greenhouse gas emissions reporting and; and
- Demonstration projects.
The BSA is the initiative of four South Australian Government agencies:
- The Department of Trade and Economic Development
- Zero Waste
- SA Water
- The Environment Protection Authority (SA)
The activities of the BSA are driven largely by the SA Greenhouse Strategy, which in turn is supported by a Government Action Plan. However, nothing in this plan, which goes to 2012, provides guidance for SA government agencies in the green management of their ICT hardware or ICT environments.