GIS - Dec 06, 2012: The Green IT Award Ceremony, which rewards winners of a Green IT essay Competition and participants who successfully completed the Foundation Certificate in Green IT from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, was held this morning at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles.
Organised at an initiative of the National Computer Board, the Green IT essay Competition which had as objective to sensitise students on Green IT, saw the participation of 19 students from 16 secondary schools. The first winner was presented with a cash prize of Rs 10 000, while the second and third ones received Rs 6 000 and Rs 3 000, respectively. Thirty-six participants received their Foundation Certificates in Green IT after following training from BCS.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, present on that occasion congratulated students and participants for their interest in Green IT. He said that participation in such competitions and training equates to raising more awareness as regards reducing e-wastes as well as carbon emissions.
Green ICT refers to the approach in reducing the energy and other resources consumed and the emissions and other waste produced across the ICT lifecycle – from manufacture, procurement and use of ICT in an organisation to its re-use. It aims to improve environmental sustainability of organisations. More specifically, Green ICT as applied to the use of ICT resources aims to: reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions during ICT use, and reduce environmental impact of disposal of ICT waste products.
In addition, Green ICT also explores how ICT applications can be used to help other sectors conserve and optimise energy usage.