A joint techUK/Defra roundtable session on 18 March is set to explore the potential direction and ambition of the government’s future strategy on sustainable technology procurement.
HMG launched the original Green ICT Strategy in 2011. It was followed by the Sustainable Technology Strategy in 2018 and will be updated again this year to align with the Greening Government Commitments and wider sustainability goals.
Government is increasingly having to report against its green ICT purchasing and operating practices to support targets such as Greening Government Commitments, The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Net Zero. There is increasingly recognition that it needs to do much better with a clearer focus on supply chain, its true ICT environmental and carbon footprint, better provenance re the fate of its ICT waste and better uniformity on sustainable procurement.
Defra’s Adam Turner, HMG Lead for Sustainable and Digital Services at Defra, said:
“We recognise that ICT and Digital are increasingly being championed as part of the solution for the global climate crisis. However, although our reporting has provided evidence to support targets such as the Greening Government Commitments, The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Net Zero we need to do much better.
“Scrutiny on digital and ICT services is increasing and we all need to be ready with the relevant evidence and be shown to be doing the right thing.
“We are looking forward to this opportunity to engage with as many representatives from the technology sector as possible to help inform our direction and focus for the next five years as we work together to help meet a global crisis.”