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The Project

The Sustainable ICT Service Provision project (SISP) started in October 2008 and was funded by JISC under phase two of their Institutional Innovation Programme. The project completed in March 2010.

The original objectives of the project were to:

  1. Determine the impact on energy consumption and sustainability of the University’s data centre operations and implement a strategy for sustainable expansion of University data centre operations and provide a model for other HE data centres.
  2. Develop and implement plans to improve energy efficiency of servers.
  3. Evaluate energy consumption and CO2 emissions of current desktop systems in student IT areas, admin offices and academic/research offices and conduct pilots using alternative low energy consumption devices.
  4. Conduct a feasibility study into use of DC power direct from photo- voltaic panels to end-user devices.
  5. Develop a business case for a hosted data centre service for regional HE/FEs taking advantage of UEA’s location and ability to generate Green power. 
  6. Review and revise UEA’s ICT procurement and deployment policies based on research, testing and evaluation from the project.

By the end of the project we had gone a long way to meeting most of the above objectives with the exception of 4 which was prematurely terminated due to lack of progress and a realisation that we would be unlikely to achieve anything of practical benefit from this during the project life cycle.

Various reports have been produced, documenting what was done, the power savings achieved and giving guidance for other HEIs/FECs to aid in their plans to provide more energy efficient and sustainable ICT services. To access these reports go to the Outputs section of the website.

 

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