Advice

IT professionals

We encourage you to take a robust approach to reducing IT-related energy consumption by working through the following steps:

  1. Estimate IT-related energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for the equipment you manage
  2. Find out what other groups have done to reduce IT-related energy consumption
  3. Implement tools and techniques that (a) reduce IT-related energy consumption and (b) report on the success of the implementation
  4. Organise a campaign to persuade and support people in changing the way they work
  5. Share all your experiences so that others can learn from your lead

To read more about how we're using this approach at Oxford please visit the OUCS Green IT web pages or send an email to greenit@oucs.ox.ac.uk

A special note on monitoring and reporting

We strongly recommend that all green IT initiatives include monitoring and reporting tools. At Oxford we use a graphing service to make available a website with a real-time plot of the number of desktop computers switched on at any moment:

Monitoring desktop power management at the University of Oxford Computing Services department

This reporting encourages people to turn their computer off after work because they can see that others are also making the effort.

Everyone else

So what can the rest of us do? Here's some general advice:

New information about green IT is being made available via the Internet all the time. We list some of our favourite resources on the Further Reading web page of the 'green' desktop computing initiative at Oxford.