Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan - Guidance materials

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The Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010-2015 (ICT Sustainability Plan) introduces a number of strategies and actions aimed at assisting agencies to better manage the environmental performance and impacts of the information and communications technology (ICT) they procure and use.


Mandatory Environmental Standards

Section 2 of the Australian Government ICT Sustainability Plan 2010-2015 focuses on improving sustainable ICT procurement within Australian Government agencies, given the government is a major consumer of ICT products and services. It introduces six mandatory environmental standards into ICT procurement processes to establish minimum levels of environmental performance for relevant ICT acquisitions. These standards also signal to suppliers and manufacturers the Australian Government's intentions for improved ICT sustainability practices.

This is also supported by the Department of Finance and Deregulation's guidance on the principles and practices of incorporating sustainability when purchasing for the Australian Government. The sustainability guidance is under the Procurement Policy Framework, which establishes the Government's expectation for all departments and agencies when performing duties in relation to procurement. It also governs how agencies procure property or services and reinforces the fundamental procurement principle of value for money.

News Alert: The mandatory Environmental Standard 4 (ES4) Recycled content office copy paper has been recently updated. This update references new definitions for pre and post consumer recycled content and reinstates the original wording for the mandatory target. Refer to Mandatory Environmental Standards Guideline 4 for the updated standard.

Fact sheets

These fact sheets support the guidelines for the mandatory environmental standards and provide other general guidance to support implementation of the plan.

Case studies

The following case studies are practical examples of sustainable ICT initiatives implemented by Australian Government agencies.