Making the switch to green office equipment

The Cities for Climate Protection Australia program (CCP) has launched a new project to help Australian councils achieve greenhouse and financial savings by making the switch to energy efficient office equipment.

Office equipment and IT consumes approximately 15 per cent of total building energy use. This figure is expected to grow as the number of equipment items in an average office continues to increase.

An initiative of Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), a limited number of places are still available in the Switch IT Over Project, which targets councils as high users of office equipment and IT products. The project is particularly suited for councils that:

– have leased IT or office equipment due for renewal
– own office equipment that is due to be upgraded or have warranties about to expire
– can identify opportunities to consolidate, rationalise and streamline IT and office equipment
– need support to improve staff use of office equipment
– want to present the business case and abatement potential for making the switch.

Council selection will be determined based on completed Expressions of Interest and criteria including a commitment to implementing and reporting an IT equipment ‘switch over’ by end May 2009.

ICLEI Oceania is seeking individual expressions of interest from CCP councils by the 26 September 2008. To apply, download the Project Brief and Expression of Interest form.

ICLEI Oceania is also conducting a survey to investigate local government procurement, management and the use of office IT equipment.

The study aims to identify best practice in the local government sector, assist councils in benchmarking their IT and office equipment set-up within a national context, and inform the implementation of the Switch IT Over Project. 

The survey will be open from the 19 August until 5 September. A summary report of relevant findings will be made available to all survey participants.

IT Managers can click here to take the survey.

Comment below to have your say on this story.

If you have a news story or tip-off, get in touch at  

Sign up to the Government News newsletter

Leave a comment:

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required