The Department for International Development (DFID) has a substantial IT infrastructure with a wide range of IT devices. We have taken steps recently to form baselines on total energy consumption across a large part of the IT estate in the United Kingdom. This is largely based around our data centre in Scotland and our key IT server rooms. We are at the early stages of this base lining process; to provide the actual breakdowns requested in this question would incur disproportionate costs.
The Department for International Development already had measures in place to ensure that all ICT procurement complied with the latest guidelines on energy efficiency before the launch of the Greening Government strategy. The evaluation criteria used in all ICT procurement specifically covers green IT and energy efficiency.
The Department for International Development has over 400 servers in use across the organisation. Around 200 of these are in the UK and the remainder are overseas. We have various monitoring tools across our infrastructure but we do not currently collect ongoing specific statistics on server capacity utilisation. To provide the information requested in this question would incur disproportionate cost.
The Department for International Development’s (DFID) policy is that all personal electrical equipment, including computers, printers and photocopiers, must be switched off when not in use. The latest weekly check on DFID’s two offices in the United Kingdom reported that 77 per cent. of electrical equipment had been switched off. It would incur disproportionate cost to break this information down as requested and to isolate personal computers from other equipment.
All products that the Department for International Development (DFID) has purchased that fall within the Office of Government Commerce's IT category were compliant with the Government's Buy-Sustainable-Quick Win standard.
The number of printers and multi-function devices in use at the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom over the last five years is as follows:
Printers Multi-function devices 2005 520 30 2006 520 30 2007 380 30 2008 380 30 2009 380 28
All printers and multi-functional devices have the capability to support double-sided printing. Collecting the data for DFID’s overseas offices would incur disproportionate cost.