The ICT Sustainability Benchmark helps Technical and Further Education New South Wales to introduce an e-waste policy
"By increasing awareness and introducing leaner IT operating practices, including reducing our overall number of devices, we made significant savings facilitating a more sustainable IT infrastructure."
Originally established in 1833, Technical and Further Education New South Wales (TAFE NSW) is Australia’s largest vocational education and training provider. Annually, the network trains around 500,000 students through campus, workplace, online and distance education. It was established as an independent statutory body under the TAFE Commission Act 1990.
TAFE NSW North region identified that it had to improve the management of its IT infrastructure and printers because it was wasting thousands of dollars per month on electricity and paper. The organization wanted a detailed survey of its campuses and recommendations on how to improve.
Fujitsu carried out its IT Sustainability Benchmark, which involved interviewing relevant stakeholders and focused on five key areas: technology enablement, enterprise and data center, end user computing, metrics, and lifecycle and procurement.
- TAFE NSW North region has reduced its printer fleet from 400 devices to 195; slashing energy bills by A$7.7k and reducing carbon emissions by 8,697kg per year
- The introduction of pull-printing has lowered paper consumption, saving A$22k per year
- An e-waste policy is now embedded in the organization, ensuring that as few toxins as possible end up in landfill