Participation in the SUSTE-TECH Project

ICT Network Devices Suste IT Tool

Applying to participate

Applications to participate in the Suste-TECH project are no longer being considered.

Participation in the project involved institutions gathering data on their institution's ICT equipment and using it to complete the Suste-IT tool. When gathering the necessary ICT data, the following information was required:

After inserting the relevant data into the Suste-IT Carbon Accounting Tool, the CO2 emissions created by their institution's use of ICT equipment, per category, was calculated. The tool also allowed for easy comparison of each of their institution's different types of ICT equipment and comparison with that of their institution's total energy use. In return, participants received dedicated consultancy support when implementing their "Action Plans" from the SUSTE-TECH's project manager and from industry experts at no cost to the participants. This included assistance with gathering ICT data. However, each institution had to commit to implementing improvements at their own cost.

On completion of the Suste-IT Tool, institutions devised Action Plans detailing how their institution intended to reduce its carbon emissions and signed a Memorandum of Understanding of participation in the project. The Memorandum of Understanding is a one page document that confirms each institution's commitment to participate in the project. Places in the project were limited to 16 and were awarded to those who submitted their completed Suste-IT Tool and Action Plan to the PM in a timely and efficient fashion. The relevant documents can be downloaded on the right.

Once the EAUC announced  the participants from each region, institutions were asked to submit data as required and stay the course of the project. The PM also required a point of contact from each institution and this person was responsible for delivering the data and results as needed.

The SUSTE-TECH Project Participants are listed below: 

York and Humberside Institutions
Institution from the York and Humberside region participating in the SUSTE-TECH project included; Leeds Metropolitan University,  Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Bradford, University of Lincoln, University of Sheffield, and Wigan & Leigh College.

South West Institutions
Institution from the South West region participating in the SUSTE-TECH project included; Bicton College, Bournemouth University, Exeter College, Gloucestershire College, Strode College and the University of Exeter.

Welsh Institutions
Institution from the Wales region participating in the SUSTE-TECH project included; Cardiff University, Pembrokeshire College and the University of Glamorgan.

London Institutions (The GrILH Project)
Originally the project also included institutions from the London region but London Higher conducted the research into CO2 emissions in HEIs in this region. Paresh Shah was London Higher’s project manager for Green ICT in London HEIs (GrILH). Paresh conducted a 10 month study that started in June 2010 and had the following key objectives:
 
1. Collect baseline data on energy use and carbon emissions from ICT operations  using the SusteIT carbon footprint toolkit
2. Classify institutional progress towards Green ICT using the Sustainable ICT Maturity Model (SIMM) or other schemes and generate case studies on examples of best practice
3.Raise awareness of Green ICT issues and identify follow-on activities such as further research, networking or capital investment.

 

Benefits of participation

In return, participants received dedicated consultancy support when implementing their "Action Plans" from the SUSTE-TECH's project manager and from industry experts at no cost to them. This included assistance with gathering ICT data. However, each institution promised to commit to implementing improvements at their own cost and signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect.