21 May 2008 | Jake Kanter
The OGC has urged the public sector to conserve electricity and cut costs through more efficient computer use.
A new framework agreement will help public sector bodies to automatically start-up or shutdown PCs with a system called NightWatchman. It will also enable government officials to monitor computer energy consumption and view reports on costs and carbon savings.
According to the OGC, switching off computers during non-working hours could save more than £10 million every year, as well as reduce carbon emissions by up to 55,723 tonnes.
The deal was spearheaded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after it saw more efficient PC use as a way to make savings and deliver on sustainability targets. It will form part of the OGC's work on sustainability through its Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Procurement, set up earlier this year (News, 10 April 2008).
Nigel Smith, chief executive of the OGC, said the strategy would encourage the public sector to switch off their PCs and "play a small but important part in meeting the government's sustainability targets".