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There are many incentives for educational institutions to address green issues in the use of information and communications technologies (ICT): While ICT accounts for around 2% of global carbon emissions it can also play a key role in saving time, energy and money.

Green ICT

There are many incentives for educational institutions to address green issues in the use of information and communications technologies (ICT): While ICT accounts for around 2% of global carbon emissions it can also play a key role in saving time, energy and money. Furthermore, the new Climate Change Act has set out legal obligations relating to environmental issues and students are increasingly attracted to environmentally-conscious institutions.
 
Jisc's report on Sustainable ICT in Further and Higher Education is driving new work to explore and provide guidance in areas including video conferencing, ‘intelligent' building design, carbon-efficient data centres, and sustainable procurement.

Key green ICT activities

9 Programmes
  • Greening ICT programme The Greening ICT Programme will allow JISC to deliver on its key strategic priority of enabling the greening of ICT in the Higher and Further Education sectors through organisational change and...

  • Institutional Innovation Programme The Institutional Innovation programme represents a £13.08m investment aimed at supporting existing institutional strategies by providing solutions to institution-wide problems, based upon proven...

  • Institutional Exemplars Programme The institutional exemplars programme is a £1.4 million programme to generate exemplar projects demonstrating change at the institutional level.

  • JISC Organisational Support Programme To harness the potential offered by ICT requires the consideration and understanding of a range of issues. These focus on the implications associated with using ICT rather than the technology...

  • Working with Estates One of the key findings of JISC’s Suste-IT report was that tackling many of the issues that stand in the way of greening institutions, both in respect of their ICT and also in the wider agenda of...

43 Projects
  • Using Cloud Computing for Research Cloud computing is a relatively recent concept that has arisen out of developments in grid computing, virtualisation and web technologies. The term covers an entire stack from infrastructure through...

  • Managing environmentally sustainable ICT in FE & HE (Suste-IT) This project will investigate the management of environmentally sustainable developments in ICT (and associated practices) that take a realistic and strategic approach to the adoption, inclusion and...

  • Low Carbon ICT The Low Carbon ICT project will reduce the University of Oxford’s carbon footprint that results from the operation of its ICT infrastructure. It is likely to reduce annual power use by a minimum of...

  • Powering down super computers We will produce a very small and simple software package which works in conjunction with a number of job scheduling systems commonly used on clusters. The software will, within limits defined by the...

  • Coventry University STudents’ Optimisation and Management of Energy Resources (CUSTOMER) The CUSTOMER Project aims to identify and implement ways of reducing the carbon footprint across a range of student accommodation types both by making savings in energy usage directly relating to IT...