ICT community discover tools and gain insight into consumer behaviour towards sustainable ICT

ICT community discover tools and gain insight into consumer behaviour towards sustainable ICT

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The 4th ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinar webinar gave insight on how to make ICT energy efficient with new calculation tools & insights into energy savings from Industry experts on Sustainable Energy.

During the webinar, Frédéric Croisson,, Manager at Deloitte Sustainability, showcased the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Self-Assessment Tool for Services (SAT-S), a useful, quick and easy-to-use tool that calculates the carbon footprint of ICT services. Karen Robinson, Project Manager at save@work, shared sustainable ICT practices and showed how employees can reduce energy consumption in their buildings by making small changes to their everyday behaviour. Thomas Corvaisier, CEO of GREENSPECTOR, introduced the company’s eco-design software, which helps lower the consumption of IT resources, while safeguarding performance and user experience.

The webinar was moderated by Silvana Muscella, CEO of Trust-IT Services and Project Coordinator of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu.

SAT-S, a self-assessment tool to raise awareness on low carbon ICT services

There is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to become energy efficient and sustainable. ICT standards and other initiatives help the sector to decrease its energy consumption and, consequently, its carbon footprint. However, only a few players are aware of their existence, have the knowledge to interpret them or financial resources to implement them.

Up against this reality, ICTFOOTPRINT.eu has developed the Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S), a free and easy-to-use application, which helps users without any knowledge or experience in this field to make informed decisions on how to make an ICT service sustainable. By replying to 12 simple, non-technical questions about the ICT service, users will discover the impact of ICT devices & activities in terms of Green House Gas emissions and primary energy consumption. 

As highlighted by Frédéric Croisson, SAT-S targets the following ICT players:

  • - ICT Intensive Organisations: companies that use ICT for their business (e.g. e-commerce);
  • - ICT System Integrators and Developers: organisations providing ICT services to other companies (e.g. customised software solutions);
  • - ICT Service Providers: large companies providing ICT services to other companies, including system integrators (e.g. Software products, data centres, ICT engineering software…).

SAT-S was developed on the basis of methodologies from the ICT standards and guides developed by GHG Protocol – ICT sector Guidance and ETSI 203, both ICT initiatives listed in the Map of ICT Standards.

    "The tool is based on a multi-criteria and multi-step approach, allowing the calculation of two most known environmental aspects to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services: the first is environmental and climate change indicator impact (also known as “GHG Emission Indicator”), while the second is primary energy consumption (also known as Cumulative Energy Demand”, stated Frédéric Croisson.

    The tool was built on the expertise of Deloitte Sustainability in the field of sustainability consulting, and Trust-IT Services experience in developing solutions for ICT sector, namely for cloud computing, future internet, standards, big data and research infrastructures. The tool also benefited from the expertise of ICTFOOTPRINT External Advisory Group, leaders from reputable ICT organisations and Standard Development Organisations, which regularly give insights about the use of ICT methodologies, namely the SAT-S, for ICT end-users.

    Despite it not yet being a certified tool,  the project first & foremost for the SAT-S privileges ease-of-use and low entry barriers for end-users, so that they can start having a first contact with ICT sustainability” stated Silvana Muscella.

    On being asked from the audience on how accurate the results of the SAT-S are, Silvana added that:

    We are probably looking at a 30% margin of accuracy plus or minus. What we would like to do is to build upon the results we receive to help create our benchmarks, which we know in ICT are extremely difficult and at times, impossible to obtain”.

    Results will be made publicly available, although they will remain anonymous to respect privacy to the end-users, but the results will feed back into the SAT-S to improve them.

    SAT-S will be launched the beginning of March 2017. Another version of the tool, Self-Assessment Tool -Organisation (SAT-O), to be launched in the near future, will calculate the carbon footprint of overall ICT services within an organisation.

    Sustainable consumer behaviour towards a Sustainable ICT  

    Karen Robinson’s presentation showed that small changes made by many people in the workplace can really make a difference in terms of sustainable ICT and cost savings.  The project save@work, launched with the goal of helping public authorities reduce carbon emissions from their buildings, created a competition to make over 9,000 employees change their energy consuming practices. Regarding ICT devices, Karen brought the story of the Telford office of HM Land Registry, a UK government agency, to the table.

    Despite turning off the computer, the Telford office realised that around 14% of their staff left their monitors on during meetings and overnight. “If we consider only one monitor -said Karen - the amount of energy wasted is very small, taking 1.000 hours (41,5 days) to save 1 kW, but the scenario changes completely if we consider all of the computers from Telford, which thanks to almost 500 monitors, consume 1 kW  in just 2 hours . If we include all HM Land Registry monitors (over 9.000 monitors), a 1 kW saving is easily achieved in 7 minutes”. By turning off monitors during downtime, Telford decreased their electricity consumption by 40%.

    If we consider that at least 25% HM Land Registry staff adopt this sustainable behaviour, the amount of energy saved after one year allows savings of almost 1,800 pounds. More energy and cost savings can be achieved if employees start these habits not only at work, but also in the home. Small changes made by many people do make a difference!

    More valuable information on the Telford office Success Story on Sustainable ICT is available on the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website: https://ictfootprint.eu/en/news/it-worth-it-save-energy-work

    Eco-design - Low ICT energy consumption while safeguarding performance & user experience

    In 2030, internet may consume as much electricity as all human kind in 2008 (Dresde University).  Another startling observation is that ICT generates as much GHG emissions as the aviation sector.

    Software is eating the world” a sentence by Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape) brought to the table by Thomas Corvaisier. Software developers face a big challenge.  How to decrease the energy consumption of the 4.5 billion smartphones that existed in 2016 and of the 80 billion devices that are foreseen to be connected in 2020, without compromising speed and reliability of service or decreasing battery life?  With Software Eco-Design

    Eco-design principles applied into all steps of software production lowers the consumption of IT resources, while preserving performance and consumer experience. GREENSPECTOR, a sustainable seller from ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace, has been decreasing the energy consumption of ICT mobile devices, by automatically detecting power-draining patterns in source codes and energy bugs and providing other services, which allow easy verification of the energy consumed by ICT equipment and platforms, such as websites.

    The use case from GREENSPECTOR illustrates that, thanks to eco-design, the battery life of a smartphone from an IT company was increased from less than 3 hours to 11 hours, by measuring the device’s energy consumption behaviour and correcting energy bugs. Eco-design is a way to go towards ICT sustainability, allowing lower levels of carbon and energy footprint.

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