Assessment 1 Green IT




Assessment 1 Green IT

Assessment 1 – Case Study

Task 1: Identify Business Strategy and Gap

Business Green IT Strategy

Green IT ‘strategic and tactical initiatives’

So what are the Green IT activities we should be focusing on:

  • Change the structure and culture of organisations so that Green IT is high on the corporate agenda and aligned with Corporate Social Responsibility policies
  • Make sure individuals and teams are in place to carry out structured Green IT activities
  • Embed Green IT practices into IT processes (based on the ITIL framework)
  • When procuring IT infrastructure, adhere to standards (such as Energy Star and EPEAT) which emphasise both lower embodied emissions and lower power consumption
  • Manage data centre power efficiency, with an emphasis on PUE (Power Utilisation Efficiency)
  • Move towards virtualisation, cloud computing and software as a service
  • Encourage common-sense actions and tactics such as switching off computers, and duplex printing
  • Greenpeaces’s “pathway to a cleaner cloud” includes these key features:

  • Tapping renewable grid power
  • Power purchase agreements for renewable energy
  • Onsite renewable energy
  • Investment in renewable energy or offsetting local energy demand
  • Funding negawatts: local energy efficiency offsets
  • Clean energy advocacy by companies
  • In General, For organisations and individuals:

  • Procure IT equipment and other infrastructure products based on both their power consumption efficiency and their embedded emissions. Use standards such as EPEAT and ENERGY STAR to help with buying decisions
  • Prolong the life of IT equipment, or when appropriate move to lower energy consumption products
  • Move to duplex printing as the default
  • Move to cloud computing and software as a service where appropriate
  • Turn off unused equipment
  • Recycle IT consumables
  • For organisations only

  • Put Green IT high on the agenda, with board representation
  • Structure the organisation to support Green IT initiatives
  • Change IT processes (such as Service Asset and Configuration Management) at the micro level to embed Green IT
  • Manage data centre power efficiency. Review metrics to ensure that they help to manage energy consumption reductions effectively
  • Move to server virtualisation, cloud computing and software as a service where appropriate
  • Implement server (and PC) power management
  • Use renewable and cleaner power sources
  • ......

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    Use renewable and cleaner power sources

    Task 2: Recommend a feasible solution

    1. Environmental review

    1.1 Environmental aspects and impacts

    Sustainability is about companies managing the social and environmental impact of their operations. Committing to sustainability means that college can make a huge difference on issues such as climate change, animal welfare and resource waste. And by companies communicating what they’re doing, stakeholders are better informed, meaning they can choose to support the sustainability as well.

    The college uses a lot of water, resources, supply chains and energy. The company also has a lot of wastage due to appliances, electronics and other things not being turned off properly. The college can work on these areas and issues to make the college more sustainable.

    1.2 Resources consumed

    During the consultation we identified that The college also uses utilities like water, energy, money etc. Therefore, the resources that the college uses are:

  • Water – water is used for cleaning equipment. Also used for consumption.
  • Electricity – for lights, electronics, computers
  • Drinks – for drinking
  • Money – money for paying supplies and utilities etc.
  • Labour – hiring the labour such as the teachers, front office, janitor
  • 1.3 Purchasing practices

    The company must purchase utilities which occurs once a month, as each bill is calculated per month. Other resources will be paid at different frequencies like per week, per day, etc.

    1.4 Environmental legislation and policies

    There are certain legislations that must be followed such as the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

    1.5 Areas of non-compliance

    Non-Compliance in the Workplace

  • Electricity Wastage
  • Smoke
  • Cleaning Chemicals go into air
  • Noise Pollution
  • Resource wastage such as paper and plastics
  • Ways of Resolve this problems

  • Using energy saving appliances, and making sure electronics are turned off when not being used.
  • Smoke Detectors and Proper Ventilation
  • Only use environmentally friendly soaps and make sure that the soaps are safe for cleaning.
  • Noise pollution is the disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the activity of human, the source of most outdoor noise worldwide is mainly caused by machines.
  • Make sure that people are informed about the recycling policies and always make sure that the recycling bins are cleared regularly.
  • 3. Implementation of performance improvement strategies

    3.1 Strategies and actions for implementation

  • Buy things like energy saving light bulbs
  • 4-5 star energy rating appliances
  • Use less paper and send emails more
  • Turn off lights and electronics when not using them
  • Recycling paper, plastics, glass, metal, electronics
  • There are many resources that the college uses. The college has to use a lot of resources to run properly. It needs light to allow…


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