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Departmental Information and Communications Technology

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269539)

DCMS has not carried out a monitoring exercise to establish the effect of our IT procurement on consumption; energy cost and carbon dioxide emissions.

We will be rebaselining our ICT energy consumption as part of our Green ICT strategy to inform future direction.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the publication of the Greening Government ICT Strategy; and if he will make a statement. (269574)

DCMS has adopted the majority of recommendations of the Greening Government ICT Strategy. In particular, we have installed an IT power management solution which turns off inactive PCs.

We use established standards such as Energy Star in our procurement to ensure our hardware is energy efficient.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269583)

It is not possible to provide this information save at disproportionate cost. As part of the Department's Green ICT Strategy we are setting a baseline expectation for server capacity utilization in line with industry best practice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. (269607)

My Department has 15 printers of which five have a function allowing two-sided printing and 30 multifunctional devices all of which have the function. Two-sided printing is set as a default for the multifunctional devices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department's offices that are turned off (a) overnight, (b) at weekends and (c) during holiday periods; and if he will make a statement. (269620)

My Department does not record this information. Its policy has been that all PCs are turned off at the end of each working day. My Department has led the cross-government procurement of an automated solution to ensure that all PCs are automatically turned off overnight, at weekends and over holidays.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (269630)