QMU wins e-Government National Award
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh has been announced as the winner of the e-Government National Award 2010 in the category for sustainable, ‘green IT’ or ‘carbon-efficient’ services.
Considered to be one of the most prestigious events in the public sector calendar, The e-Government Awards took place last night (26 th January) at London’s Guildhall, and was supported by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who made a speech via video link.
Queen Margaret University (QMU) won the award for going beyond its successful implementation of thin client technology throughout the institution and further reducing energy and carbon consumption from its IT systems.
The e-Government National awards provide a unique benchmark for quality in eleven categories covering current IT innovation and best practice technology implementation at all levels of government.
Fraser Muir, Director of Information Services at Queen Margaret University, received the award on behalf of the institution. He said: ”We are delighted that our work in delivering ongoing reductions in energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions from our IT processes has been recognised at such a high profile event.”
Prime Minister, David Cameron, said “The e-Government National Awards recognise some of the brilliant work done by digital specialists working across national and local government. One of our big ambitions is to make government more transparent, open and accountable and digital communications will play a massive part in that. I congratulate all the nominees and encourage all digital specialists across the public sector to follow their good example and innovation.”
Notes to editor
QMU implemented thin client technology throughout its new campus at Musselburgh, East Lothian, which has helped lower power consumption, reducing heat generation and therefore reducing the need for air conditioning. As a result, the University’s new building design requires minimal air conditioning and mechanical ventilation delivering direct energy savings of approximately £47,000 per annum. Having completed that project, the team commenced further work. The temperature has been gradually increased in its data room from the initial design of 18C to 25C and will continue to increase this as older equipment is phased out. The move is translating to approximately 4% energy savings per degree. Further energy saving moves, like greater use of server virtualisation and automated powering down of ICT equipment when not needed has also resulted in significant energy and carbon savings. These achievements were delivered in-house by a dedicated team of QMU IT and facilities staff working closely with WYSE, Citrix and other key suppliers.
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