Results of Participants' Green ICT Action Plans

ICT Footprint PC Powerdown Reduction in paper use

The SUSTE-TECH project recruited 15 institutions. It received 10 completed Suste- IT tools with Action Plans from 7 York & Humberside, 3 Welsh and 5 South West FHE institutions. The participants were a mixture of HE & FE institutions with one participant offering both HE and FE courses. The Suste-IT tool results indicated that Servers, PCs and Networks were the main consumers of ICT related energy followed by Imaging and to a lesser extent HPCs, Telephones and VC equipment. Each of the institutions, regardless of size, were experiencing similar ICT related energy use problems and chose to avail themselves of the same types of sustainable solutions.

12 institutions were decommissioning, virtualising, or consolidating their servers or moving servers off site altogether. These were Leeds Metropolitan University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Bradford, University of Lincoln, University of Sheffield and Wigan & Leigh College. In Wales were Cardiff University and Pembrokeshire College and in the south west of the UK were Bicton College, Gloucestershire College, Strode College and the University of Exeter.

14 institutions were tackling their PC & monitor energy consumption by replacing them with Thin Client technology, installing PC power down, virtualizing their desktops and procuring for greener computers. They include Leeds Metropolitan University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Bradford, University of Lincoln, University of Sheffield, Wigan & Leigh College, Cardiff University, Pembrokeshire College, Bicton College, Gloucestershire College, Strode College and the University of Exeter.

Addressing other Data Centre Issues were Leeds Metropolitan University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Bradford, University of Sheffield, Wigan & Leigh College, Cardiff University and Bournemouth University.

Implementing a Greening of ICT Procurement Policy; were Leeds Metropolitan Universit, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Bradford, Wigan & Leigh College, Cardiff University, Strode College and the University of Exeter.

In terms of reducing paper use, 7 institutions were either consolidating to MFDs, introducing charged or code printing or setting their printers to print double sided by default. These institutions were Leeds Metropolitan University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Bradford, University of Lincoln, University of Sheffield and Wigan & Leigh College. In Wales were Cardiff University and Pembrokeshire College and in the south west Gloucestershire College, Strode College and the University of Exeter were employing the initiative.

Just 2 institutions were tackling their Network's energy use. They were the University of Bradford and Strode College.

Leeds Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, Gloucestershire College and Strode College stated they intend to increase their use of Video Conferencing and 2 more institutions, Pembrokeshire College and Exeter College, will be addressing their IP phone use to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Below is the full list of Participating Institutions

York and Humberside Participating Institutions
Leeds Metropolitan University
Sheffield Hallam University
Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)
University of Bradford
University of Lincoln
University of Sheffield
Wigan & Leigh College

South Wales Participating Institutions
Cardiff University
Pembrokshire College
University of Glamorgan

South West Participating Institutions
Bicton College
Bournemouth University
Exeter College
Gloucestershire College
Strode College
University of Exeter

The Royal Forest of Dean College in Gloucestershire submitted a completed Suste IT Tool but have since become part of Gloucestershire College.


On the right above is a selection of SUSTE-TECH institutions' Action Plans.