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1 Environmentally Sustainable IT Una Du Noyer 20 th February 2008

2 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 1 Agenda  The Drivers for Sustainable IT  The challenges How to reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption associated with building and running the IT estate? How to manage the ever-increasing demand for computer systems and its impact on the natural resources required to create them and to dispose of them? How to use IT to minimise wastage of other assets and resources that are used within an organisation? How to support the enterprise (suppliers, partners, workforce and customers) in a globalised economy, to make more efficient use of their time, resources and expertise, while minimising the impact on the environment?  Summary

3 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 2 Drivers for Sustainable IT  Environmental - ‘[sustainability]…relates to the protection of natural capital, including water, land, air, minerals and ecosystem services’  Encyclopaedia of Global Environmental Change, Robert Goodland, World Bank, “Sustainability: Human, Social, Economic and Environmental”, 2002  Financial – Data Centre costs spiralling year on year  Broadgroup 2006: energy costs of running a corporate UK data centre is currently about £5.3m a year, this figure is set to double to £11m over the next five years (2006)  Regulatory – EU and local government initiatives on climate change  Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Climate Change Action Plans  Risk – Ability to Grow Data Centre Footprint at Current Rate while Maintaining Required Energy Levels

4 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 3 1 Reducing Carbon Footprint and Energy Utilisation  Data Centre efficiencies GeographyLocality to sustainable power, users, comms ResilienceActive / Active sites, follow-the-sun CoolingHVAC efficiency, air-flow tuning, sensors PowerPDU and PSU efficiency RackingLayout, blanking, device density, PDUs TechnologyLow-voltage, variable speed  Desktop Efficiencies Thin clientSolid-state thin-client devices to reduce desktop power, cooling and maintenance requirements

5 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 4 2 Managing the IT Lifecycle from Supply to Disposal  Maximising utilisation of IT Estate: Virtualisation, consolidation, Information lifecycle management  Procurement Policies Technology and asset life-cycle Extended life cycles – user devices from 3 > 4-5 years (dual core) License implications on reuse / repurpose / disposal  Legislative compliance & sustainable supply chains Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations  PVC and BFR strategy, and product content Sustainable (fair and safe) supply-chains  Auditable ‘take-back’, remanufacture, recycling, charitable reuse Disposal as last resort – hard-disk ‘scrubbing’ vs destruction (data protection) Consumables – cartridges, paper-type, batteries, cables Minimised packaging and removal

6 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 5 3 Using IT to preserve other assets  Using RF-ID Tags and Real-time location systems to track assets e.g. pallets, containers, and reduce waste  Using remote monitoring, control and calibration systems e.g. monitoring vibration levels in oil tankers, condition of underground pipelines  Reducing paper consumption through collaboration systems, and scanning technologies

7 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 6 4 Supporting globalisationwhile minimising travel  Telepresence: reducing travel through full size videoconferencing  Collaboration systems: document collaboration, “smart boards”, Web 2.0 and 3.0  Virtual worlds for collaboration

8 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 7 Summary  A Sustainable IT strategy must be incorporated into a Corporate Social Responsibility programme and have board-level sponsorship  It should address a range of possibilities, not just carbon emissions, including: Energy consumption and Data Centre footprint Managing the IT Lifecycle from Supply to Disposal Using IT to effectively manage other assets Supporting globalisation while minimising travel  Regulatory and financial drivers

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10 | Technology Consulting, TS, UK 9 Lifecycle Stages Resources Utilised Lifecycle Stages SupplyOperateRetire Energy  Raw material extraction  Manufacturing  Transport to operations base  Power for equipment operations.  Power for cooling  Transport to recycle or landfill centres  Power for recycling equipment Materials  Raw material  Toxic materials  Rare materials  Recycled & recyclable  Sustainable materials  Consumables (e.g. printer cartridges, paper)  Equipment (servers, PCs, laptops)  Buildings  Recycle  Re-use  Re-purpose  Upgrade & scale not rip and replace. People  Manpower to produce  Strategy development  FTE ratios  Manpower to de-commission, re-use or re- cycle


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