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ICT Sustainability

Advent Group’s ICT Sustainability Divisions have an entire suite of tools, methodologies, and best practices that have proven successful at maximising value for clients.

Post 1 July 2012 organisations are moving to align their ICT operations with the organisations overall sustainability agenda and improve their ability to understand their energy costs and the carbon footprint of their ICT estate. Advent Group can help here.

ICT in Australia consumes in the order of 13,248,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, at 18 cents per kWh that’s about $2,384,640,000 and a large amount of that expenditure is just simply unnecessary.

How We Help

Advent Group work with you to get a clear understanding of your ICT energy consumption and carbon emissions. At the strategic level we can work with you to measure key sustainability activities using industry accepted accounting protocols. We can help you to report ongoing performance to ensure transparency with key stakeholders and compliance with policy directives.

By establishing an integrated, consistent source of quality information, you can bind initiatives to a common carbon management and sustainability framework that allows consistency across all lines of business – from the data centre to the water treatment facility. At the tactical level organisations can follow the Federal Government’s direction that its agencies implement the Green ICT Quick Wins program. Some examples of improving desktop energy efficiency are power management solutions, printer rationalisation and desktop virtualisation.

We will help you to measure, manage and mitigate any potential exposure to the carbon tax and drive avoidable energy cost out of your organisation. An increasing number of government entities and companies are already taking steps to proactively manage energy efficiency and reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Why Others Are Doing This

Simply because the core components of sustainable ICT business practice (measure and manage) are logical steps in the hunt for:

  1. Operational Efficiency,
  2. Cost Reduction, and the
  3. Search for Competitive Differentiators

Our solutions can be quickly tailored to reflect the engagement model an organisation wants to adopt e.g. centralised or decentralised, hosted, behavioural and so forth. The outputs measured and the extent of measurement can also be tailored to a user’s requirements.

Stationary Energy

Stationary energy (eg. electricity and gas consumption) contributes around 50% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and is the largest and fastest growing source of emissions. Commercial buildings account for 12-13 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse emissions.

While Gartner, GeSI and The Climate Group consider that the ICT sector and ICT products are responsible for roughly 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

However the Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprint of ICT Usage in Australia in 2010: A report for the Australian Computer Society by Connection Research concluded that in 2009 Australia’s ICT users consumed 13,248,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, which caused 14.365 Megatonnes (Mt) of Scope 2 CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions. This compares to Australia’s total emissions of 539 Mt, and total electricity generated of 203 Mt. By any estimation, ICT’s energy consumption and carbon emissions are significant proportion of Australia’s total. The biggest components of ICT carbon emissions are data centre environment (18.8 per cent), PCs (15.8 per cent), printers and imaging equipment (15.7%) and servers (14.7%). But if video monitors are added to PCs, their total energy consumption exceeds a quarter of the total.

This is estimated to equate to about 2.7% of the total carbon emissions in Australia. The Kyoto Protocol considers that all emissions counted in the Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts (this includes energy – electricity, stationary energy, transport; fugitive emissions; industrial processes; waste and agriculture) are now aggregated to be the sum measured for Australia under the Kyoto Protocol.

Australia has committed to reducing its emissions by 5 % below 2000 levels by 2020. If this is beyond the national target, Australia will be forced to buy permits from the international market. If it is below, Australia will be able to sell permits to the international market. By simply using proven technologies with a clear and fast payback industry and government can easily move to a position of being able to become a seller of permits.

CarbonWatch – Glossary of terms and phrases

We believe that if there are a commonly accepted set of terms and phrase in any disciple then two things become possible

  1. There is certainty and consistency in the communication, and
  2. Communication becomes effective. The parties to the dialogue know what the other parties are saying. They might not agree but they can communicate their ideas and seek to persuade

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria created this glossary. It gives an excellent overview of carbon management terminology particularly as applied in Australia.

The glossary is separated in to four areas:

  1. Carbon & Climate ScienceThis section of the glossary provides explanations of key carbon and climate change scientific terms important in understanding carbon management.
  2. Energy, Technology and RenewablesThis section of the glossary provides information on understanding renewable energy and current technological advances in addressing climate change.
  3. Carbon Accounting and ManagementThis section of the glossary covers key terms that are important in understanding and implementing carbon management strategies.
  4. Carbon Trading and International Mechanisms: This section of the glossary covers key terms that are important in understanding and implementing carbon management strategies.