Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010 - 2015

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

Section 1. Introduction

In response to the 2008 Review of the Australian Government's use of Information and Communications Technology (Gershon Review)12, the Government initiated a comprehensive ICT Reform Program including the development of a whole-of-government ICT Sustainability Plan.

Among other things, the Gershon Review recommended that the Australian Government align its ICT operations with the Government's overall sustainability agenda and improve its ability to understand its energy costs and the carbon footprint of its ICT estate. Consistent with this view, the Government decided that the plan should:

  • identify which of the available environmental standards should be adopted as mandatory for relevant ICT acquisitions;
  • identify the steps to develop a whole-of-government ICT energy consumption target and associated reporting arrangements;
  • establish ICT energy intensity measures and/or targets; and
  • take into account potential implications of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

The Government also decided that Australian Government agencies with an annual ICT spend over $20 million would develop an ICT energy management plan, and that agencies would undertake periodic independent ICT energy assessments of their data centres and server rooms.

In addition, the plan considers the contribution that ICT can make more broadly to achieving more sustainable practices in the community.

12 Review of the Australian Government's use of information and communication technology, Commonwealth of Australia, August 2008,
www.finance.gov.au/publications/ICT-Review/docs/Review-of-the-Australian-Governments-Use-of-Information-and-Communication-Technology.pdf