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" "WE MUST EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY'SABILITY TO RESTORE TRANSPARENCY TO THE EVERY DAYLIVES OF PEOPLE,IN BOTH THE DEVELOPED ANDDEVELOPINGWORLDS067change where possible, we should also seek to leveragethose approaches that have already been proven to drivetransparency. For example, energy labelling of whitegoods such as fridges and washing machines using asimple A-G rating system has driven strong consumerdemand for more energy efficient appliances. There is phenomenal potential for digital technology toactivate this kind of transparent labelling and createsocial currency that could be utilised to celebrate amore conscientious and collaborative energy efficientlifestyle, both in the developed and developing world.Smart technologies are already helping governments,companies and individuals manage their energy usemore efficiently and there is huge potential to do more,enabling One Planet sustainable lifestyles andbusiness models. People already use smart and intuitive devices toenable new ways of doing things in their daily lives.Through digital technologies we know far more aboutthe people we share this small planet with than everbefore. The opportunities to harness digitaltechnologies to enable more sustainable lifestyles areeverywhere; in our energy, transport and food systems,in our built environment, between machines andbetween individuals. We need to encourage andsupport these innovations and the collaborative andtransparent behaviours that bring out the best inpeople; that help them connect to one another andthat help businesses, governments and individualsaspire to a one planet lifestyle for all. Collaboration, innovation and transparency are centralin successfully tackling the consumption challengedriving climate change. COP17 needs to take crucialsteps in these areas to accelerate positive changes. nABOUT THE AUTHORNiall Dunnes is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) ofBT Plc, one of the UK's pioneers in sustainability andcorporate responsibility. Having joined BT in July 2011, Niall works with the company's Chief Executive,Chairman and executive management team to advanceBT's leadership as a business, ensuring sustainabilitypractices are embedded into BT's strategy, productsand services. Niall is known for championing andleading change and aligning the commercial integrityof businesses towards resolving humanities greatestchallenges. He speaks regularly on the critical issuesfacing humanity and the vital role businesses need toplay in shaping the future. Before joining BT, Niallspent a decade leading sustainability practices inSaatchi & Saatchi and Accenture. He is a respectedspeaker on topics such as sustainability, smart cities togreen technologies, to more emotive topics includingthe lessons we can learn from social movements,people empowerment and radicalism to create the nextera of human evolution.INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

he Greening Government ICT strategy,the details of which are about to bepublished, is intended to minimise theimpact of the UK Government on theenvironment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions andwaste whilst delivering high quality customer centricpublic services. This strategy covers all central andlocal government offices and is in line with the UKGovernment's ICT Strategy launched in March 2011together with the Greening Government Commitmentsto achieve a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gasemissions by 2015.Covering the full life cycle impact of Government ICT,the strategy introduces key and far-reaching initiativesand commitments from procurement of ICT through tothe disposal of it. It is therefore important tounderstand the strategy's implications for the publicsector, ICT suppliers and the UK economy as a whole,as well as the opportunities that this strategy presentsboth environmentally and economically. This articleaddresses these main areas whilst examining two keystrands of the Greening Government ICT strategy -how the ICT's impact on the environment can bereduced and how ICT can be harnessed to enablewide-reaching emission reductions.OVERVIEWThe Greening Government ICT Strategy highlights fourkey Green ICT Commitment areas for Governmentorganisations to address. These include greening theGovernment's existing ICT; greening Government acrossthe lifecycle of ICT products and services; working withsuppliers and external partners to achieve green ICT;and exploiting ICT for the greening of governmentoperations and services. Included within these fourareas are ten targets with delivery timescales from April2012 to April 2015. Key elements discussed in the strategy document includeremoving surplus and redundant ICT; sharing ICTinfrastructure and services across Government; reducingdata centres; addressing the energy consumption of datacentres; extending the service life of existing devices suchas PCs, laptops and mobile phones; re-using more ICT;exploiting ICT for the reduction of travel and paper; andencouraging behavioural changes within Government insupport of green working practices.The Greening Government ICT strategy is on the wholevery positive, providing an important step forward intackling greenhouse gas emissions. The Government isa major user of ICT and so it is key that Governmentrecognises the part it needs to play in driving changeand also the importance of leading by example.The factthat the strategy addresses the whole lifecycle of ICTensures that no part of the supply chain is being missed,driving change from the development through to thedisposal of ICT. This holistic approach should create aripple effect throughout the ICT industry and across UKbusiness as a whole. Importantly, the GreeningGovernment ICT Strategy does not just discuss thenegative impact of ICT on the environment, it alsorecognises that ICT can be a vital enabler of change,helping to cut carbon emissions and waste whilstdelivering significant efficiency savings. This positiveimpact of ICT should not be under-estimated.WHAT DOES THE STRATEGY MEAN FORGOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS? Once the Greening Government ICT Strategy has beenpublished, Government organisations will be requiredTHEIMPACTS OFTHEGREENING GOVERNMENTICT STRATEGY INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION 068TECHNOLOGYDEAN DICKINSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR (PUBLIC SECTOR AND ENTERPRISE), ADVANCED BUSINESS SOLUTIONS TAbove:Simon Fowler,Managing Director,Advanced BusinessSolutions (Commercial)Right: Dean Dickinson