Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2015

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Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2010


AGIMO Australian Government Information Management Office
APC Australian Packaging Covenant (replacing the NPC in 2011)
APS Australian Public Service
CPRS Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
DEWHA The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
EEGO Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy
EMP Energy Management Plan
EMS Environmental Management System
EPBC Act Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
EPEAT Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
ESD Ecologically Sustainable Development
FMA Act Financial Management and Accountabilities Act 1997
GeSI Global e-Sustainability Initiative
GLS Green Lease Schedule
GRI Global Reporting Initiative
ICT Information and Communications Technology
ISO International Standards Organisation
NABERS National Australian Built Environment Rating Scheme
NPC National Packaging Covenant
NEPM National Environment Protection Measure
UPM NEPM National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure
NWP National Waste Policy
OSCAR Online System for Comprehensive Activity Reporting
PVC Polyvinyl chloride
RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances
SCCP short chain chlorinated paraffins


Cloud computing Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.47
Corporate social responsibility Corporate social responsibility is a term used to express an organisation taking responsibility for the impact of its activities upon employees, customers, citizens, communities and the environment.
Desktop virtualisation Desktop virtualisation is a server centric computing model that borrows from the traditional thin client model but is designed to give system administrators the ability to host and centrally manage desktop virtual machines in the data centre while giving end users a full PC desktop experience. Some advantages include instant provisioning of new desktops, significant reduction in the cost of new application deployment, robust desktop image management capabilities, and normal 2-3 year PC refresh cycle extended to 5-6 years or more.48
Ecologically sustainable development Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) involves decision-making processes that integrate both short term and long term economic, environmental and equitable considerations. ESD incorporates the principles of intergenerational equity - that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations.
Energy intensity measure An energy intensity measure is a calculation to analyse energy performance using an appropriate business driver. The areas that impact on ICT energy consumption include business drivers such as, volume of transactions, number and type of database queries, software applications, and number of end users or staff.
Environmental aspect An environmental aspect is an element of an organisation's activities or products or services that can interact with the environment.49
Environmental impact An environmental impact is any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from organisational impacts.50
Environmental performance Environmental performance is measurable results of an organisation's management of its environmental aspects.51
Environmental management system An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a structured system or management tool designed to help an organisation to reduce its negative impacts on the environment and improve its environmental performance. The system can also provide a methodical approach to planning, implementing and reviewing an organisation's environmental management.
ICT Sustainability ICT sustainability in Government is the responsible acquisition, installation, use and disposal of information and communications technologies and services so as to utilise resources more effectively, increase productivity and improve efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact of operations.
Mandatory environmental standard A mandatory environmental standard refers to the application of an eco-label or criteria in agency procurement processes to achieve a minimum level of environmental performance.
Server virtualisation Server virtualisation is the concealing of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users. The server administrator uses a software application to divide one physical server into multiple isolated virtual environments.
Storage de-duplication Storage de-duplication is a method of reducing storage needs by eliminating redundant data. Only one unique instance of the data is actually retained on storage media, such as disk or tape. Redundant data is replaced with a pointer to the unique data copy.52
Sustainability Sustainability is the quest for a sustainable society; one that can persist over generations without destroying the social and life supporting systems that current and future generations of humans (and all other species on earth) depend on.
Sustainable procurement Sustainable procurement is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.
Thin client A thin client is a client computer or client software in client-server architecture networks which depends primarily on the central server for processing activities, and mainly focuses on conveying input and output between the user and the remote server. In contrast, a thick or fat-client does as much processing as possible and passes only data for communications and storage to the server.53
Thin provisioning Thin provisioning is a mechanism that applies to large-scale centralized computer disk storage systems, storage access networks (SANs), and storage virtualisation systems. Thin provisioning allows space to be easily allocated to servers, on a just-enough and just-in-time basis.54