Digital Adoption Helps Government Go Green

According to the latest green government ICT report, implementing more digital systems in government has led to a reduction in cost and carbon emissions.

Chair of the government's Green ICT Delivery Unit Jeremy Boss said: "The move to cloud-based, commodity, reusable and digital-by-default services provides opportunities to have greener IT and to use technology to help departments' operations be more sustainable overall."

Under the government's Greening Government IT Strategy launched back in 2011, departments can take part in an assessment of their green IT efforts and receive scores of between 1 and 5 according to the level of sustainability of their daily IT services.

According to the report, 80% or more of government departments reached level three for the number of assessed areas, including travel reduction, energy optimisation and information and data management.

The report also highlighted how the government's digital push has helped to improve data processing, storage and access. This included the Government's Digital Services (GDS) digital-by-default programme which has led to sustainable digital systems being adopted.

The GDU report highlighted the importance of using technology and digital services to create higher levels of efficiency and sustainability.

It said: "We will need to maintain and to continue to harvest the positive commitment and enthusiasm of departmental GDU representatives, without which we would not have made the substantial progress and commitments seen across all departments over the last three years."

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