Technology enables our learning and can help staff and students to travel less between campuses and to connect more easily. It is also one of the fastest growing areas of energy consumption and carbon emissions in the HE sector, so bringing sustainability into computing equipment and services is an important future agenda for us.

Our Information Strategy highlights sustainability & takes account of:

  • Responsible purchasing and supply chain ethics, including production of IT equipment.
  • Responsible disposal and the impacts and issues around both IT equipment and data.
  • Responsible systems and servers, including efficiencies and minimising impacts.

Our IT and Library team supports the sustainability agenda by:

  • Promoting the use of video and teleconferencing as an alternative to travelling to meetings, to reduce the carbon impact of inter-campus and off-site travel).
  • Supporting the development and use of real-time data ‘dashboards’ to improve communication of, and engagement with, the use of energy at the University.
  • Having strategic plans to guide action on sustainability in libraries, across all aspects from resources and equipment to learning and community services.

We’ve made some key improvements including:

  • Multi-Functional Devices and Shutdown – all UoG PCs now switch to standby mode and automatically shut down overnight saving an estimated £30,000 per annum.
  • Digital Printing Devices – all printers, copiers and scanners at UoG have now been replaced with single, multi-function devices. Savings estimated around £5,500 per annum, with a project payback period of just 3.6 years. Reduction in paper use (227 trees worth) and waste production (600 ink cartridges and toner saved) in year one.

Cyber Security and Sustainability

3 million of government funding is being invested in our new Cyber initiative led by Professor Kamal Bechkoum, to train the next generation of cyber security professionals

Links between cyber and sustainability cover both the practical and the academic:

  • Sustainability is part of the funding agreement with the LEP for its technical delivery and features in the design of facilities and purchase of equipment.
  • Future corporate and social risks will feature in Cyber education and research agendas being developed with its partners and stakeholders in the UK and beyond.

Help us achieve even more:

  • Think about printing – only printing when you need to, and print double sided and in black and white ideally
  • Use technology wisely – switch off machines when not in use, but use your machines to help you work and live smarter, and to avoid needless travel or connect more widely

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