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Planet

In the CSR debate, Planet refers to sustainable environmental practices. Within the ICT sector, the debate on managing the environmental footprint covers ICT companies` premises and production processes and the larger impact on our cities and households.

What are the environmental impacts of the ICT sector? What positive effects will arise from the application and use of CSR in ICT? How innovative ICT can be used for more efficient environmental management? How can ICT goods and services actively help to improve sustainability?

Within this category, R-ICT supports debate on the environmental footprint of ICT businesses.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Process | ETNO Sustainability Charter

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary programme that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR programme was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 103(g). Section103(g) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to "conduct a basic engineering research and technology program to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate non–regulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution." In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act. Section 131 of the Act amends Section 324 (42 USC 6294) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and "established at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency a voluntary programme to identify and promote energy–efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of or other forms of communication about products and buildings that meet the highest energy efficiency standards."

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Process | Green data centres

A Code of Conduct has been developed by the European Commission in response to increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply security impacts. The Code aims to inform and stimulate data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the critical mission of data centres.
The focus of the Code of Conduct covers two main areas: IT Load (i.e., efficiency of consumption of the IT equipment in the data centre) and Facilities Load (i.e., the mechanical and electrical systems that support the IT load. It has a dual scope: an equipment-level scope, which covers equipment used in data centres to provide data and communication services, and a system-level scope, which deals with the design of the entire data management system (e.g., cooling, air and temperature settings) to maximise overall energy efficiency.
A Good Practice of a large-scale green data centre in Greece is the data centre of the National Documentation Centre (EKT). The advanced data center follows the best practices in the field as defined at an international level:
Since 2007, EKT applies measurement technologies to monitor and take actions for improving energy efficiency and reduce the environmental effects of its data centres and digital infrastructure. EKT also applies virtualisation technologies and has succeeded in significantly reducing data centre power with server consolidation and relevant measured reduction of energy consumption. Based on these technological interventions, it is estimated that since 2008 the data centre has consumed approximately 388,000 fewer Kwh, resulting in 387 fewer tonnes of CO2 in the environment. Overall, by implementing Green ICT principles and technologies (a significant part of which is the data center), EKT has achieved since 2008 a lower power consumption of 1.27 KW and has released almost 1,250 fewer tones of CO2 in the environment.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Indicator set/monitoring system | Process | Green IT Index

ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association launched its Corporate Responsibility Charter which reflects the new challenges ahead and increasing engagement of ETNO members in new areas such as minor protection online and supply chain management. The ETNO Sustainability Charter embraces the three pillars of the EU sustainable development strategy: environmental protection, social progress and economic growth. The ETNO bi-annual Sustainability Report monitors progress made by the 22 signatories of the ETNO Sustainability and Environmental Charter that is open to all players on the market.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Process | IFG Green ICT Standard

IFG sustainability standards dedicated to all ICT products, services, and companies involved in ICT. The IFG standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and reach IFG certifications. Businesses or Governments that meet the program’s criteria will be certified as “Green IT”. Earning a green business designation from the IFG means that your business/government has taken a proactive approach to the health of the greater world community and the future success of your business.

IFG Standard, combining ISO 14000 series and ITU Standards, with enhanced level, to meet both environmental and technology matters.

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| Application/Platform | Process | Intracom

Intracom is a leading European provider of advanced IT solutions and services to EU institutions, national public-sector bodies, financial institutions and large private enterprises in 70 countries worldwide. Its subsidiary, Intracom Telecom is an international IT systems vendor operating in Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, Russia, the CIS and Asia-Pacific and employing over 1,900 highly-skilled professionals worldwide.
Intracom is strongly committed to CSR, having been a member of the Hellenic Network for CSR since 2001 and of the UN Global Compact since 2008. People and Planet constitute the pillars of the company’s CSR policy.
ENVIRONMENTAL activities include:
- Implementation of an Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001:2004 standard, integrated with the ISO 9001:2008 (Quality), OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health and Safety) and SA 8000:2008 (Social Accountability) management systems.
- Participation in the national Collective Alternative Management Packaging System for the collection, sorting and recycling of used packaging materials and the National Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment compliance scheme.
- Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
- Collection of waste by authorised companies and delivery to authorised facilities for provisional storage, disposal, sorting, recycling, etc.
- Calculation and monitoring of the GHG emissions of its activities.
- Activities on efficient energy management and saving, such as preventive maintenance on equipment and electrical networks, environment-friendly operation of building equipment, use of video-conferencing instead of business trips, use of integrated information systems for reducing paper consumption, use of coaches for the transportation of personnel from central points in Athens to its premises.
- Ecological product design (use of recycled materials, product repair and upgrade to increase their lifespan, provision of end-of-use instructions to users).
- Promotion of environmental awareness to local societies.
- Actions to increase personnel environmental awareness (e.g., encourage recycling of personal electric and electronic appliances).

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