Techniques for Auditing the ICT Carbon Footprint of an Organisation

Techniques for Auditing the ICT Carbon Footprint of an Organisation

Clément Mouchet (Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK), Neil Urquhart (Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK) and Rob Kemmer (Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/ijgc.2014010104
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Abstract

This article has presents an extensive survey of the state of the art in Green IT/S. The findings of the survey suggest that there is scope for a reliable carbon footprint auditing tool for organisational ICT usage. A prototype auditing tool is developed and a trial audit carried out and evaluated. Conclusions include the need for automation of the audit, the need for consistent management of hardware within organisations, and the need to present carbon footprint data in a format that respects the privacy of the individual user, but allows meaningful conclusions to be drawn.
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Literature Survey

The survey is organised as follows; firstly the concept of sustainability and some of the strategies of its application is discussed, as well as sustainable practices and Green ICT. Further literature related to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Carbon calculators is reviewed to support the definition of the requirements of this project. For a technical description of underlying ICT technologies used to underpin developments discussed in this section the reader is directed to Obaidat (2013).

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