ICTFOOTPRINT.eu considers Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, a success story of how a city addressed the challenge of decreasing the carbon footprint of ICT products. Malmö increased its energy efficiency, decreasing its carbon footprint and achieving considerable cost savings. The digitalisation of the city’s administration has greatly contributed to energy and resource optimisation and has produced economic and environmental benefits. Malmo signed the EUROCITIES Green Digital Charter in 2010, and the city’s green ambitions and achievements were nationally recognised in 2013, when it achieved some of the results listed above
- New standards in green procurement of IT products, introduced in 2012. - Purchasing ICT products/solutions (desktops, laptop computers, network printers, monitors) based on life cycle perspective. - Choosing suppliers based on energy and resource optimisation. - Buying products that came with recognised third-party environmental certifications, such as those of Germany’s Blaue Engeln or TCO Development. - Avoiding the purchase of equipment that contained hazardous material or that were produced in an unethical manner.
- 98% of IT products are environmentally labelled. - Over 90% of products used are environmentally certified. - Decreased expenditure of €535,000 per year (between 2010-2014)
- Decrease carbon footprint of ICT products by 30% by 2020. - Estimated savings of over €500,000 each year. Furthermore, Malmö is in talks with Atea, its chosen ICT supplier and logistics partner, regarding ways to manage the city’s digital assets in a sustainable way.