Talk a green game

7 July 2009
A striking figure from one of our web stories yesterday. Some 60 per cent of 173 public sector IT buyers are not aware of the government's Greening Government ICT strategy. The project launched last year by cabinet minister Tom Watson, included targets to specify environmental criteria in IT tenders and make government technology carbon neutral by 2020. It seems amazing to me that a big government project can go unnoticed by the civil servants it is aimed at influencing. Is this a matter of poor internal communication? Or a severe lack of engagement? Perhaps it is a combination of the two. A couple of weeks ago I was encouraged to hear from Nigel McKay, head of supply chain at construction firm Bovis Lend Lease, who told me he spends 20 per cent of his time on sustainability (Blog, June 26). This is in stark contrast to the public sector IT buyers. Only 13 per cent of those surveyed calculated the carbon footprint of their IT activity, while as little as 22 per cent set internal green IT targets. Does the government need to improve internal communication on sustainable procurement projects? How can public sector IT purchasers improve efforts on sustainability?
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