Green desktop computing case studies

Oxford University Computing Services

From: Director

To: All Staff

Dear All,

As many of you will know the University, and OUCS, have been in several discussions surrounding the overall reduction of power consumption, carbon emissions, etc. There are several drivers behind all of this - the fluctuating costs of electricity and gas, the emerging consensus on the challenges facing the environment, legislation emerging from the Government, and so on.

As part of this then, OUCS is being asked to see what it can do to not only reduce its impact, but also present examples for others to follow (as you may recall we already have a published Energy Policy Statement which also includes guidance on recycling - https://staff.oucs.ox.ac.uk/environment/). We have been greatly assisted by attracting funding from JISC to work on the low-carbon IT project, which in turn has led to the Wake-on-LAN service.

A set of pages have now been produced on 'Green IT' - which begin to set out some guidelines and results of previous studies: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/greenit/. No doubt, these pages will be added to over time by OUCS's Energy SIG.

Most importantly, OUCS is now committed to enacting some key measures in an attempt to reduce its consumption and overall impact. In this sense then we are acting as a case study for other departments to follow.

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I would ask all staff to familiarise themselves with the following document:

http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/greenit/oucs.xml

This has now been agreed by SMG and the actions contained therein are *mandatory*. Please register for the WOL, but most importantly adhere to the following:

"All staff are required to switch their desktop computer(s) and monitor(s) off at the end of each working day, unless doing so would disrupt the operation of an essential service (please speak to your line manager if you are unsure)."

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If you have any questions or comments please direct them to the departmental Energy Special Interest Group.

 

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 5 September 2014