Collaboration key to public sector Green IT targets

Public sector organisations need increased levels of information, awareness, and an improvement in how they share knowledge with and learn from other public sector agencies, if they are to meet carbon reduction targets imposed by Central Government, says a study by environmental charity Global Action Plan, and Cisco.

According to 'The Path to Greener Government', a study published by environmental charity Global Action Plan, and networking vendor Cisco. The survey of over 150 public sector ICT managers explores public sector confidence in meeting the carbon reduction targets set out last year in the Greening Government Information Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy, developed by the UK Government Green iCT Delivery Unit of the CIO Council launched, launched by Tom Watson, the then Minister for Transformational Government.

Sixty-seven per cent of those surveyed ‘concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about their organisations ability to meet the targets set out in the strategy. The findings indicate that a number of public sector organisations are failing to adopt 'Green ICT' strategies, which if not changed, could mean Central Government could be hit by its own Carbon Reduction Commitment.

The report also found that only 16 per cent of respondents are sharing best practice and knowledge in the development and implementation of Green ICT strategies with other public sector agencies. 

Despite financial pressures, 70 per cent of respondents feel that Green ICT is still important, and a number of public sector organisations are already introducing new technologies to help reduce their carbon emissions including new, real-time visual and audio collaboration technologies. The survey reveals take up of these technologies is increasing, 30 per cent of respondents have introduced a form of videoconferencing solution and a further 28 per cent of respondents are using ICT to promote and support flexible working practices.

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