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Departmental ICT

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of ICT systems in his Department under the Greening Government ICT Strategy. (273567)

The Department does not own the equipment used to provide its ICT systems. The equipment is provided as part of a managed service by the Department’s IT suppliers.

The Department has made great inroads in reducing its carbon footprint through active management of its IT services, since the end of 2005 when it re-aligned its contracts with BT and EDS. This work is continuing.

In the summer of 2008 the Department announced its strategy to re-compete its existing contracts over a five year period. A key element of this future contracting strategy is to contractually commit the IT providers to reduce the carbon footprint of the services they deliver to the Department.

The Department, along with others represented on the Chief Information Officers Council (CIO), have produced a “CIO Green ICT Roadmap” to deliver against the 18 target improvement areas outlined in the Greening Government ICT Strategy. A full report of the CIO Council Green ICT Roadmaps will be made available later in June featuring the action plans of all Departments involved in the council against the 18 steps.