Sustainable ICT in Scottish Further and Higher EducationICT-related energy and environmental issues are increasingly important in further and higher education. There is an ever increasing demand for electricity from data centres in particular, and from computers and their peripherals. Legislative and other pressures are requiring reductions in ICT-related carbon emissions, and the WEEE Directive has creating new requirements for ICT equipment's end-of-life. The costs associated with running ICT systems are also rising. A study carried out in 2009 on the University of Sheffield's energy use, estimated that its ICT-related electricity bill was over £1 million.
To address this issue the Scottish Funding Council funded a project that would examine the use of sustainable ICT equipment in Scottish FHE's. The EAUC agreed to deliver the project and the Sustainable ICT in Scottish Further and Higher Education project commenced in October 2008.
This two year project picked up on the experience, tools and data of the UK wide HEEPI SusteIT project that was funded by JISC. Benefiting from this starting point the project focussed on developing additional Scottish data, activities and materials.
The aim of the project was that scottish institutions would demonstrate a clear reduction in energy use (via the use of the Suste It tool) after switching to more sustainable and energy efficient ICT equipment. It was hoped that scottish institutions would also engage in behavioural change where needed and reduce waste after having cut back on the use of consumables.
The project was origionally managed by the EAUC's Scotland Manager but as there was much overlap between it and the EAUC's SUSTE-TECH project, it was taken over by Nicola Hogan in 2010.
The participants in the Sustainable ICT in Scottish Further and Higher Education project include;
Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh Napier University
Herriot Watt University
West Lothian College
The Scotland project is now complete and final submissions of ICT savings have been requested from each of the 7 participants. A copy of the final report will be available on this webpage in due course.
If you are interested in Green ICT, click here to bring you to the EAUC's SUSTE-TECH project webpage. There you will find an abundance of FHE ICT related information and data as well as details of the project itself.