IT suppliers will need to prove their green credentials in order to win public sector contracts, delegates at last week'sEuropean Green IT Summit were told.
Frank Tudor, director of supplier relationship and performance management at the Department of Work and Pensions said he wasn't convinced about environmental claims of some vendors. "It's beholden on the IT industry to make energy as efficient as possible."
"It's important for companies to have green credentials, demonstrate a real value add and deliver suystainable benefits. In the next five years, if you come into a buying department and can't deliver 50% reduction on carbon footprint then no one will be interested. It's a step change to the next level."
Tudor said the DWP wants a more granular view of its outsourcing contracts. "The DWP has major IT outsourcing contracts working with suppliers that have environmental credentials. But we rarely do a full audit of the full supply chain, and where these services come from.
"We have a high level view, but need to get better at making sure our premier suppliers are making sure their suppliers and their suppliers' suppliers are green. We need to roll down best practice from the top all the way down the whole ecosystem of our supply chain."
Tudor also highlighted the difficulty in changing users' behaviour. "The DWP is a highly federated bureaucracy, with more than 1,000 sites in the UK. Many of our staff are not motivated to turn their monitors off at night. We've not sold the sustainable impact of IT to workforce."
Earlier this week, the DWP terminated a contract with Siemens for a new central payment system.