The Environment Agency in the UK has signed a seven-year outsourcing contract with Capgemini which includes the aim of cutting the Agency’s IT carbon emissions by half in the next few years. (The Environment Agency is a government agency that reports to the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Defra).
The contract includes a comprehensive set of green measures, from the production and transportation of hardware to energy savings for each end-user, and includes the reduction, reuse and recycling of hardware, with disposals under WEEE regulations.
The services included cover all IT infrastructure and application management outsourcing, with applications including things like flood warning and waste management.
Interestingly, the contract has been designed so that it can be reused by other Government and public sector organisations, so it is setting a standard for the public sector as a whole. The Agency also believes that with environmental measures built in from the outset, the total cost of IT purchase and operation should
Christine Hodgson, Vice President and member of the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, said: “We are proud to have won this important contract on the strength of the value of our proposition to the Environment Agency and our commitment to sustainable IT. We believe this contract should become a benchmark that will shape and influence how other organisations in the public and private sectors adopt sustainable IT as a business benefit, and that where the Environment Agency has led, others will inevitably follow.”
A great win for Capgemini in the UK, particularly since it seems to be establishing a green contract benchmark for government and maybe even in the private sector. The UK operation is certainly leading the green IT charge for Capgemini, although there does seem to be a lack of coordinated effort internationally.