Companies around the globe and numerous people care about environmental sustainability. Despite the successes already reached it become clearer and clearer that public sector organizations must enhance their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. There are numerous reasons for that as an IDC study has outlined just recently. Just to name a few: First their owner, the citizens around the world, become more and more concerned and increase the pressure on politicians and the public sector organizations they oversee. Second due to their regulatory authority public sector organizations must gain experiences with sustainability efforts in IT in order to provide valuable insights and best practices for companies in other industries. Enforcing regulatory compliance without acceptance in the private sector will harm the needs for sustainability.
A better practices example
The Australian government has published a better practices guideline “Managing the environmental impact of information and communication technology (ICT)” last year already. This kind of documents could serve as an excellent starting point for an ongoing dialogue between public sector organizations and enterprises.
SAP´s contribution: Example IT Asset Management
A lot has been written about Green IT in the last months. Your current SAP system already offers you an excellent starting point today. Most companies do not have an overview about their IT assets (how old their equipment is, the amount of energy consumption). By using an ECC standard module you could deliver an overview very quickly without huge investments. Such projects are needed in order to demonstrate that sustainability and cost savings are no contradictions in terms but that they are complimentary.
In the next blogs I will outline the sustainability maturity model we have developed at SAP Consulting and discuss different scenarios which could be used to drive IT sustainability efforts not only in government agencies.