You may have missed this study, but Club Green IT and its partners have recently quantified the environmental footprint of an employee’s digital activity in a large company. Evaluated within the framework of the Green IT Benchmark 2017, the assessment is heavy, even very heavy! The main impacts occur during the manufacture of computer equipment, during business trip and traject of the company’s employees and also have their origin in the power supply of our equipment. The observation is simple, if we do nothing, we expose ourselves to a significant increase in our footprint and therefore its consequences, including the degradation of ecosystems, the depletion of our resources and the increase in global warming.
So how can I avoid that? ISD has a real role to play and it starts with the workstation. Today, we reveal 5 solutions to reduce energy consumption related to the workstation.
Deploy more energy-efficient and eco-responsible workstations
Renewing some of its workstations is an opportunity to significantly reduce its energy consumption. Indeed, it should be known that not all PCs are equal, some consume much more than others.
Beyond the price and technical characteristics of the computer, the ISD must take other criteria into account:
- Power consumption: Some items consume less than others. This is the case, for example, of laptops, since the components on this type of workstation are less energy-consuming. This is also the case with Intel NUC mini-PCs, which include notebook PC components. Finally, this type of solution can already reduce the power consumption of a workstation by 40% (compared to a conventional central unit).
- Stations adapted to needs: It’s mathematical, the more powerful components a station has on board, the more electricity it will consume. This can start from a good feeling, but making too powerful workstations available to its users can inevitably and unnecessarily increase their consumption.
- PC Green Label: This is a Japanese program that indicates that a PC meets environmental criteria related to the design, manufacture, recycling and reuse of equipment. In the choice of workstations, this label guarantees you eco-responsible PCs.
Finally, the choice of workstations is crucial and can play a crucial role in reducing the carbon footprint of your organization.
Teaching good practices to its employees
Equipment may appear to be primarily responsible for the overconsumption of energy in our workstations. Yet, the human remains the main culprit. Intelligent use of the workstation can reduce the organization’s carbon footprint. Some good practices may seem obvious, but not all. Here are some good practices:
- Turning off your set from the office: It may seem obvious, but many of people don’t do that ! Several reasons: the desire to find your workspace as it is the next morning, not having to suffer the long start of the PC in the morning or the simple forgetfulness.
- Turn off or put your computer on standby if you are away: Any absence of more than 15 minutes is an opportunity to save energy. Many computer peripherals offer extended sleep functions (PC, monitors, OS). A meeting? A lunch break? Turn off your set!
- Limiting Internet consumption: Of course, this will not reduce the substation’s energy consumption. But that of Internet infrastructures (network, servers) and that is just as important. It is important to regularly clean your emails and limit unnecessary Internet use. Prohibiting Facebook or YouTube, beyond preventing its collaborators from dispersing can make it possible to make a gesture for the planet.
There are, of course, other good practices. We could even generalize by sharing good practices in the office: turn off lights, encourage teleworking, promote public transportation… there are many solutions!
Remote support = less travel
This is very true in large organizations. If you have several remote sites, chances are you don’t have IT technicians on each one. As a result, in the event of a computer problem on a user’s computer, it is often necessary to have field technicians. They come and go between the different sites to troubleshoot the posts.
Of course to make these trips we will not ask them to take transport, especially since it is not always possible. So they use their car which of course generates pollution…
The solution is simple: use remote control software and the phone to assist users. The Windows OS natively integrates remote control, otherwise, there are programs like TeamViewer.
Centralized management solutions with programming
Today, there are centralized workstation management solutions such as the ceBox® solution, by Wisper, allowing you to control all your workstations thanks to centralized management.
In a few clicks it is then possible to program the starts and stops of the stations: start every morning at 7h30, switch off every evening at 19h. So you avoid PCs turned on in the evenings and weekends. Remote user support and assistance is provided from a central console. .
These savings are all the more important if the number of workstations is large. We can save thousands of kWh
As you can see, the workstation can become an ally for an organisation’s CSR approach. There are of course other solutions to reduce energy consumption, I invite you to share them in comments.