C2ES releases case studies of federal agencies using ICT to cut costs, meet sustainability goals
- 26 September 2012
NEW YORK: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has issued a new report which presents eight case studies of federal agencies using information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the twin challenges of cutting costs and advancing sustainability goals.
The report, Leading by Example: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals, was funded by the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC).
Findings from the report were discussed by C2ES Senior Adviser Stephen Seidel at the two day 2012 GreenGov Symposium which began yesterday.
The case studies show how the use of smarter technologies allow agencies to slash energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while cutting costs and enhancing productivity.
Eileen Claussen, President, C2ES said: “As the nation’s largest landlord, fleet operator, and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has both the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example in moving our nation in a more sustainable direction.”
Case studies in the report include:
- The General Services Administration redesigned its headquarters which cut energy use by 45%.
- The Smithsonian Institution improved the utilization of its fleet with a state-of-the-art information management system to cut its light-duty vehicles by 18%.
- NASA’s Sustainability Base office building is capable of producing more electricity than it consumes.
- GSA shifted email operations from energy-intensive local servers to the cloud, cutting energy costs by 85%.
Kirsten Jack, Acting Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group said: "The Climate Group welcomes the release of partners C2ES latest report "Leading by Example: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals". The report highlights 8 case studies of federal agencies achieving significant energy savings through the use of ICT, such as the General Services administration's 45% reduction in office energy use by embracing virtual working practices, and 85% savings in energy costs achieved by migrating email services to the cloud. These are clear examples of the U.S. Government leadership needed to promote and American Clean Revolution (INSERT LINK), and we look forward to collaborating with C2ES, DESSC and UN Foundation through the ICT's for Sustainable Energy Partnership to further demonstrate the potential of ICT in delivering sustainable energy for all."