Webinar: Driving climate action in your schools with green IT
When: Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at 16:00 CEST
Where: Online, watch it here
- Ewen Anderson, CIO and Co-founder, Px3 - "Framing sustainability, barriers and challenges, climate change initiatives for school"
- Roberto Rosaschino, Sr. Education & Sustainability manager, Acer - "Latest innovation in green IT and tailored programs for the Education sector"
Information technology (IT) generates more than 2.5% of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Such an environmental impact requires over 56 billion trees to remove the resulting carbon from our atmosphere every year. The emissions are caused by raw material extraction, manufacturing, product transportation, human use and end of life processes such as recycling. To achieve current global abatement targets, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) suggests that existing technology should be examined as an enabler of societal emissions reduction. As such, governments, public and private companies plus Education institutions should look at sustainability as a key pillar of their mid- and long-term net-zero and carbon footprint strategies.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) exist as a framework for this goal. While the targets cover all aspects of human activity, a body of research conducted by Warwick University Computer Science specifically focuses upon substantiating that goal number 12, 'responsible consumption and production', can be achieved via IT.
As an example, the IT sector can focus on simple steps such as:
1) identification and procurement of low carbon footprint devices;
2) adoption of green data centres;
3) reduced electronic waste through extended equipment lifespans can reduce IT-related GHG emissions by as much as 70%.
Furthermore, sustainable IT is not only good for the planet but also cost-saving. As an example, energy-efficient devices will reduce utility bills. From an educational institution perspective, saving costs whilst saving the planet fuses practicality with an opportunity to help build a more sustainable future.
During the webinar organised in collaboration with Acer, we will discuss more about how IT is uniquely placed to help tackle climate change, the adoption and acceleration of responsible IT consumption and production in the education sector, and the latest innovations in green IT product design and bespoke programs for schools.
"Latest innovation in green IT and tailored programs for the Education sector"
"Framing sustainability, barriers and challenges, climate change initiatives for school"