Green IT Initiative

Computing Services is continuously seeking ways to reduce energy consumption and to minimise the impact of IT on the environment. The following initiatives are in place that contribute to our green agenda:

•    Projectors in classrooms and many digital signage screens across the University are timer-controlled to switch off after working hours. Since implementation, this has led to significant energy savings. 

•    The University has implemented a procedure where print jobs are not released from the printer until this is actioned by the user. From August 2022 to August 2023, the total value of not printing held jobs was over £26,000, saving the equivalent of 47.46 trees, 5,022.5kg of CO2 and 314,469.3 bulb hours. 

•    The University has recently undertaken a project to move the majority of applications to the cloud. A 2018 study by Microsoft found that using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform can be up to 93 percent more energy efficient and up to 98 percent more carbon efficient than on-premises solutions. 

•    The University tendering process requires that potential suppliers are scored against criteria that measures their commitment to green initiatives. 

•    The University has procedures in place for IT asset disposal and works with a responsible e-waste partner who is fully ADISA accredited and commits to zero waste to landfill. Our e-waste partner offers a full circular economy; selling, repairing, collecting and reusing IT equipment in order to have a positive impact on the environment.   

•    A ‘laptop first’ initiative is being encouraged across the University with the aim of reducing the number of devices across campus. 

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