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DWP replaces 75% of desktops to save energy

Mark Ballard

The Department for Work and Pensions aims to meet energy efficiency targets with the option of replacing 75% of its desktop computers with thin clients.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)has already cut its CO2 emissions related to desktop computers by 54% since 2005, Frank Tudor, the department's director of supplier management, told the Green IT conference today. This had been done, he said, largely by reducing its desktops from 180,000 units to 131,000 with an additional 10,000 units.

"Our desktop estate is currently 100 per cent fat client," he said. "We recognise that a good three quarters of our employees do nothing more than access line of business applications. They don't necessarily need Microsoft Word, Excel Powerpoint. So if we can transition our applications so that they are largely speaking web delivered then we've got a real opportunity to replace 75% of our desktops with thin clients."

This would help reduce by a further 50% emissions related to the DWP's desktops, he said, over the five years of the contract. With the savings already made, this would have seen desktop-related emissions reduced by 75% over the 10 years from 2005.

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