Abstract: Green IT has become a hackneyed term for an area of information system impacts that is of increasing importance, both on the demand and supply side. With its consumption of scarce resources and energy supplies, and increasing demands for more capacity and provision (even in the UK, we don’t all have smart phones), we need to ensure efficiency in our manufacture, operation and disposal of ICT assets as we supply more of them With the increasing complexity of living on this planet, the continuing rise in global population and the finite resources we have available, we need ICT to be able to respond to the challenges and supply • Reductions in the footprints of our lives, so we can “tread” more lightly on the planet • The means for collecting, analysing and managing the data and information necessary to make the right decisions at the right time at all levels in our society • Services that enable communities to work together in cities, cities to work together in countries and countries to work together around the globe I will explore the range of concerns that sustainable green ICT covers from the manufacture of ICT assets, their use and operation to their ultimate disposal, and how that use is helping us sustain ourselves, our communities and lives on this planet
About the Speaker: Since obtaining his Masters (distinction) in the Analysis and Design of Information Management Systems at the London School of Economics in 1981, Bob has been involved in all aspects of the IT profession including project management, software development, systems analysis and design, and training, and successfully led the procurement and implementation of fishing vessel tracking and reporting systems for the UK Fisheries Departments through three implementations. He is currently working for the UK’s Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where he is their lead for Sustainable and Innovative use of ICT. Bob is deputy chair of the UK Cabinet Office’s Green ICT Delivery Unit (GDU) where he heads up a working group on Green ICT metrics. He has led annual assessments for the GDU, contributing analyses to all its 3 Annual reports. A fourth annual round of assessments is now underway across all UK 17 central UK government departments. Bob chairs the British Computer Society’s (BCS) Green ICT Specialist Group which promotes Green ICT practices across its membership of some 1,400 ICT professionals. He is a member of the Association of Project Managers (APM) as well as a BCS Chartered ICT professional.