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ICT: Green IT Strategy and Governance Workshop

Date: October 20, 2014
Domain:ICT; Environment
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS – October 20, 2014: A Green IT Strategy and Governance Training Workshop aiming at enabling organisations understand how to implement Green IT practices and measurements so as to reduce their environmental footprint and to evolve towards a sustainable business, opened this morning at Clos St Louis in Domaine Les Pailles.  
Organised by the National Computer Board, the two-day workshop also has as objectives to: impart information on all the different aspects of Green IT strategy and governance; explore how Green IT supports Green IT initiatives at the IT level; and, explore the existing globally recognised regulations around mandatory CO2 (GHG - global greenhouse gas) reporting, and provide tools and methods to implement a Green-IT strategy in practice, using recognised frameworks. 
Participants are IT decisions makers/professionals, top executives and managers (business, IT and facilities); professionals in the environmental and energy field; risk managers, consultants, CSR and environmental professionals; and HR and IT procurement professionals.
In his opening address, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, said that Green IT is an issue that is very important for the society and Governments across the world are realising the urgency of addressing the issue of rising temperature and climate change.  All Governments are presently focusing on how businesses are responding to reduce their carbon footprint and develop innovative measures to lower carbon footprint, he stated.
The Minister pointed out that it is necessary to see how ICTs can be used as a convertor to reduce carbon emissions and highlighted the importance of promoting the 3Rs of Green ICT which are Reduce, Re-use and Recycle to limit environmental impact.  ICT cuts across in all spheres of our lives and we can use ICT to improve the situation and the ICT industry can indirectly help to reduce a large percentage of carbon emissions, he said.  ICTs are hence being considered as part of the solution for economies to provide a valuable contribution to reduce carbon emissions, observed Mr Pillay Chedumbrum.
The Minister moreover cited the Global e-Sustainability Initiative's (GeSI) SMARTer2020 report which demonstrates how the increased use of ICTs such as video conferencing and smart building management could cut the projected 2020 GHG emissions by 16.5%, amounting to $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel savings and a reduction of 9.1 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) of greenhouse gases.  This is equivalent to more than seven times the ICT sector’s emissions in the same period.
About Green ICT
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. 
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