Green Government: ICT and digital services strategy published

21 Sep 2020 12:14 PM

Defra has published its Greening government: ICT and digital services strategy 2020-2025.

Further to our workshop with Defra earlier this year, Defra has published its Greening government: ICT and digital services strategy 2020-2025. This strategy sets out how the government will work in partnership with industry and other sectors to provide ICT and digital services to help:

We’ll be running a briefing event with Defra on the 6 October, but in summary the strategy is sets out 2020 business rules and stretching 2025 targets that have been developed to aide ambition and give you forewarning of future direction. They include:

Business rule 1: To meet net zero by 2050 (or sooner)

2020: All ICT suppliers commit to science-based net zero targets in line with the Paris Agreement (or procuring department target, whichever is sooner) and have developed carbon mitigation and adaptation strategies.

2025: All ICT suppliers follow up the commitment they made to becoming net zero with a road map and action plan, showing proven progress towards the goals. Seeking a carbon positive/net gain/net positive outcome through the services provided.

Business rule 2: Circular economy – resources and waste strategy

2020: HMG estates deliver 0% to landfill with an annual increase in reuse and materials recycled. All suppliers have circular ICT policies and strategies and products are routinely designed for durability, ease of maintenance and recycling. Problematic materials and substances have, or are being, phased out of use.

2025: HMG suppliers have established zero waste to landfill or zero-waste targets. Suppliers are meeting targets to incorporate more recycled materials in their products and eliminate the use of single use plastics. There’s a yearly increase in ICT kit purchased/leased that is remanufactured/refurbished.

Business rule 3: To meet transparency and accountability commitments

2020: Supply chain data on carbon, environmental impacts, materials, chemicals, and wider business responsibilities are regularly harvested and analysed from tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. For instance, blockchain is used to trace raw materials and digitise product information (digital labels, tags, watermarks, passports) thereby providing easily accessible supply chain and product information. HMG purchases only from suppliers that comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act and use of the Home Office’s Modern Slavery Assessment Tool (MSAT).

2025: Suppliers help HMG map supply chains to identify high risk areas, and focussed mitigation work on those categories/supplier partners is in place. Common international reporting frameworks and standards are used with data being monitored in real time (open data standard) to measure and map key performance indicators. Reporting established for management and awareness of resilience from climate and ecological breakdown.

In addition, the government has committed to the following outcomes:

1. Reduced carbon and cost

2. Increased resilience

3. Increased responsibility

4. Increased transparency

5. Increased accountability