Title Integrated Systems for Information Technologies more GREEN
Project Number 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-03999
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text IS IT GREEN project, developed an e-learning suite of training materials and best practices, assisted IT experts and IT manager in small businesses in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out preliminary energy audits, impacting on the environment in the short term, and developing a long-term approach that identifies the key issues for SMEs and allows benefits in all sectors and all sizes of organization to safeguard both its economic future and the future of our planet.
IS IT GREEN project (Integrated Systems for Information Technologies more GREEN) addressed the ability of European SMEs to improve their energy end-use efficiency so that they can contribute to the European (Kyoto) targets for CO2 emission reduction, saving money and being more competitive in the world economy.
The main objective of IS IT GREEN project was to improve the capacity of IT/IS experts and managers of European SMEs to carry out their own preliminary energy audits about IT and IS infrastructures energy consumptions, in order to understand the opportunities to save resources innovating their businesses with the consequently empowering of the own business competitiveness.
IS IT GREEN project did so by developing an e-learning suite of training materials that can assist IT experts and IT manager in small businesses in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out preliminary energy audits.
ICT products and services consume 7.8% of EU electricity and may grow to 10.5 percent by 2020 (European Commission, 2009). ITs have short product life spans (e.g., laptops 3-4 years; networks, 5-7 years); their manufacturing and disposal have resulted in toxic hotspots; and a large portion of organizations' electricity costs (and concomitant greenhouse gas emissions) is due to IT energy use (e.g., office buildings, 26%; data centers, 95%) (Jenkings, 2010). As underlined by Gartner (2007), ICT are responsible for about 2% of global carbon emissions CO2. The main influencing sub-sectors within the ICT industry include the energy requirements of PCs and monitors (40%), data centers (23%), and fixed and mobile telecommunications (24%). In contrast to other technologies, information technologies and especially information systems have a large potential to reverse the negative impact. Creating a Green ICT policy is not just about minimizing business's impact on the environment in the short term, it is about developing a long-term approach that identifies the key issues for industry and allows organizations to safeguard both its economic future and the future of our planet.
IS IT GREEN project aimed to improve the capacity of IT/IS experts and managers of the SMEs across Europe to carry out their own preliminary energy audits about IT and IS infrastructures energy consumptions. The e-learning materials developed consist in e-learning contents and in an interactive serious game, based on ENERGY WISE previous project and complemented with the focus on the SMEs IT/IS infrastructures and with the development of an integrative environment - including Web 2.0 instruments that enable end-users participation.
Starting from a detailed energy audit and analysis of the existing IT and IS systems, the IS IT GREEN users was encouraged to develop a feasibility study, or strategy, for improving IT/IS energy efficiency in their business. Advices ware also provided on how to involve other staff in the IT/IS energy efficiency exercise through the implementation of a staff awareness campaign.
IS IT GREEN also created, in the e-learning system, best practices and case studies sections available for effective implementation of the project especially in SMEs and improved the learning system to be available also through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (m-learning).
The IS IT GREEN project had a qualified partnership of 11 organizations spans 8 European countries including all the key stakeholders needed for such a project, such as e-learning software development specialists, business organizations, educational establishments and energy agencies.
The IS IT GREEN training materials offer IT/IS managers, energy managers, and others responsible for energy-efficiency the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, meet their organization’s environmental targets and save resources innovating their businesses with the consequently empowering of the own business competitiveness.
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Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
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The main products of IS IT GREEN are:
• a User Needs Analysis providing results of research into the SMEs, IT experts and managers e-learning training needs and preferred learning styles.
• a Project Website available in all partner languages provide online support to SMEs, IT experts IS professionals and IT/IS Managers on IT/IS system energy efficiency topics (including how to carry out an energy audit) and a Social Network Profile of the project on the main platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to make the results of the project as widely available as possible, also to discuss with SMEs, IT experts IS professionals and IT/IS managers their ideas and share common concerns
• Workshops and seminars
• an Assessment framework to compliment the web based resources, mobile application and game and enable SMEs, IT experts IS Professionals and IT/IS Managers to determine their IT/IS systems energy audit & energy management knowledge and skills
• a set of on-line e-learning materials on how to carry out an IT/IS systems energy audit, develop an energy management strategy and implement energy efficiency practices
• a Demonstration software. The software enables SMEs, trainers, IT experts, IS professionals and IT/IS managers to gain exposure to the e-learning approaches used and encourage the provision of feedback
• A report outling the extent to which the actions in VET Integration Plan have been achieved. This provides a useful profile of the lessons learned in trying integrate project results and training materials into VET provision. It also contains best practice advice on how can incorporate their e-learning products into national VET infrastructures