19. Green ICT

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Understand the impact of the digital service on the environment over its whole lifecycle. Plan to reduce the environmental impact of the service over time.

How point 19 improves their service

By meeting Green ICT standards:

  • ICT infrastructure will be deployed in an energy-efficient manner
  • services will be delivered digitally and this will reduce our carbon footprint
  • ICT operations should minimise their effect on the environment both in terms of energy usage and emissions

How they’ll be assessed

Their assessment and the questions the assessors ask them will vary depending on their service and what it does.

In the discovery assessment

To pass they usually need to:

  • explain plans to deliver service and infrastructure in energy efficient manner
  • identify relationships with other organisations to aggregate demand for services/re-use existing services
  • show they have completed a baseline maturity assessment against the Scottish Government’s Green ICT maturity model and established a plan to increase Green ICT maturity
  • demonstrate appropriate training has been provided to ensure that staff consider environmental implications in their day-to-day work

In the alpha and beta assessments

To pass they usually need to:

  • show plans to deliver service and infrastructure in energy efficient manner
  • show relationships with other organisations to aggregate demand for services/re-use existing services
  • show they have reviewed the operation of online services to increase efficiency/reduce consumption
  • demonstrate improvements they have made upon existing services in conducting the procurement process in terms of Green ICT and environmental well-being for example:
    • procurement of services not assets
    • considering green credentials as important when awarding contracts
    • compare repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing systems against replacement of a system
  • explain plans to dispose of equipment before it is acquired including:
    • reviewing the WEEE regulations and Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan
    • considering opportunities to sell or donate equipment
    • having a re-use and recycling policy in place
  • demonstrate appropriate training has been provided to ensure that staff consider environmental implications in their day-to-day work

Supporting Material

Scottish Government Green ICT Strategy.