Supporting Improved Environmental Performance

Suggeted resources supporting this area can be found at the bottom of the page.

In this strand of the call (Strand D)  JISC is seeking proposals that address the requirement for institutions to improve their overall environmental performance. The means by which this may be achieved may range from reducing the carbon emissions related to ICT use, to better understanding and reducing the carbon embedded in goods and services consumed by the institution through to tackling the environmental footprint of the university estate.

JISC is particularly interested in seeing proposals that link the environmental impact of ICT into wider modernisation and efficiency agendas. Bidders should note that while proposals spanning the range of issues outlined below are welcome, JISC is particularly keen to fund proposals that are concerned with the application of institutional approaches to addressing these issues.

The types of proposals that could be submitted can be considered under these headings. The categories and headings are not meant to be mutually exclusive and proposals should consider how they may address issues in more than one area.

  1. Greening of ICT – that is the carbon emissions and other harmful environmental impacts associated with the use of ICT in universities. This can include:
    • Institution wide strategies to reduce energy use from desktop computing;
    • Understanding and reducing server room and data centre energy use through engineering approaches and management of computing loads through approaches such as virtualisation;
    • Print reduction and substitution;
    • Data management to reduce storage requirements;
    • Tackling environmental impact of scientific computing, including ICT in laboratories
    • Disposal of out of life equipment
  2. Greening by ICT – that is the use of ICT to reduce the environmental impacts of the university’s activities as a whole
    • Reducing travel by the use of remote collaboration tools;
    • Approaches to changing behaviour through the use of energy metering, dashboards and displays;
    • New procurement arrangements, including ways of understanding total cost of ownership in both cash, carbon and other environmental parameters;
    • Integration of estates IT systems with wider campus IT with a view to reducing costs and improving energy efficiency of campus buildings.
  3. Connection to wider efficiency agendas
    • Integration of environmental factors into strategic ICT decision making;
    • Benchmarks and performance indications for progress on environmental improvement;
    • Ways of understanding the balance of environmental and other costs of delivery of IT services through cloud or shared service approaches.

Resources developed through JISC Funded Activities

Suste-IT Carbon Footprinting tool

Easy to use Excel spreadsheet tool that allows you to benchmark the carbon footprint of the ICT of an organisational unit, be it a university, faculty or school. Use the provided default figures for energy use of equipment, or provide your own – either from manufacturers published figures or from metered real life usage.

Thin-Thick Client Comparison Tool

Another Excel based calculator that allows you to make informed choices about deploying thin and thick client solutions. takes into account many of the ancillary factors including support costs.

StorC Calculator

StorC has been developed by Cardiff University following their JISC funded Planet Filestore project. StorC allows you to calculate how much energy you could save by adopting tiered storage approaches to your data storage needs.

Greening Printing

The University of East London have produced a helpful Guide to Efficient Office Printing as one of the outputs of their JISC funded Printing Efficiently and Greener project.

Guide to Efficient Office Printing

UEL’s walk through of approaching dealing with printing

Print Substitution with e-Readers

Report from the e-Reader Demonstration Project at Edgehill University

Procurement Carbon Calculator

From the PROCO2 Project at De Montfort University

Resources from other sectors

Green ICT Maturity Model

From HM Government’s CIO Council Green Delivery Unit

Data Center Maturity Model Assessment Tool

Form the Green Grid