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Green ICT in Västernorrland

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Best Practice:
Green ICT in Västernorrland
Digital Agenda Category:
Research & Innovation
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The municipality of Örnsköldsvik introduced IT support that is aimed at reducing environmental impact, lowering costs and raising the quality of life. This is being achieved, for example, by making use of the heat that is produced in the server room of the IT division to heat a school.

Computers are automatically shut down in the evening and at night, and the IT division routinely makes environmental demands while carrying out investments. In this way, improvements are made to current activities while ensuring that future IT use becomes even greener.

Most important stages in the project
  • Stage one has been creating awareness of the environmental impact and energy consumption of IT use. In order to achieve change, both decision makers and users must have a clear picture of the environmental and economic situation.
  • Motivating persons in positions of leadership to take the step of introducing improvements that are based on changed routines and new ways of doing business. All sweeping changes in an organisation require an enthusiastic and engaged leadership.
Benefits of the project
  1. About 500 fewer printers/photocopiers, which reduces both energy consumption and the carbon dioxide footprint that the manufacture of this equipment would have involved.
  2. A reduction of printouts by about 4 million per year.
  3. Fewer servers. Furthermore, those servers that are used are equipped to make use of heat to a value of about 10 000 EUR per year.
  4. Reduced travel, trips being replaced by online meetings.
Success factors
  1. Cooperation between property owners, politicians, the environmental office and
  2. different divisions in the municipality. If all parties participate, the effects become greater.
  3. Gaining the optimal effect of these measures requires knowledge about how the IT systems in question function and how the environmental consequences of their use are measured and monitored.
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