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November 12, 2009

Capgemini signs green IT contract with Environment Agency of England and Wales

Plans to reduce IT carbon emissions by around 50%

By CBR Staff Writer

Capgemini said that it has been chosen by the Environment Agency of England and Wales to provide the partial outsourcing of IT services under a new seven year IT service contract. With this agreement Environment Agency plans to reduce IT carbon emissions by around 50% within the next few years.

Further green measures will include reduction, reuse and recycling of hardware, while all disposals will be done under Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, the company said.

Graham Ledward, director of resources at the Environment Agency, said: “This contract not only aims to exceed the Government’s sustainable IT targets, it also sets a high standard for environmental performance which we hope that other public sector organisations and businesses would wish to reflect.”

According to Capgemini, the contract includes full infrastructure and application management outsource with the exception of applications development. There are some 300 plus staff in-scope and the outsource covers applications such as flood warning and waste management.

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Included in scope are hosting services, application operations and maintenance, service desk, desk side support, network services and several cross functional services such as disaster recovery, governance, security, third party management, project and service delivery management, and quality, the company said.

The company said, in designing a framework with environmental measures built in from the outset, such as equipment purchase, its delivery and use on the desk, through to its ultimate disposal, the total cost of IT purchase and operation should be reduced. It will allow public sector organisations to improve their environmental performance and also make long-term cost savings.

Christine Hodgson, vice president and member of the Capgemini Group Executive Committee, said: “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.”

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