7. Green Desktop Computing at the University of Oxford

The government of the United Kingdom has set a target to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 34 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. Together with the Environmental Change Institute, the Oxford e-Research Centre and the Estates Directorate, Oxford University Computing Services worked on a JISC funded Low Carbon ICT project, which aimed to develop tools and techniques for reducing the energy consumed by desktop computers at the University of Oxford.

An article published by Educause, summarises the following main points:

  • The University of Oxford employs monitoring and wake-on-LAN services to help the campus community reduce the energy consumed by idle computers
  • The complexity of the IT infrastructure across the university requires relying on people to turn off their own computers after work each day, although some colleges and departments could use automatic power management
  • To encourage people to engage with green computing, Oxford is promoting a five-step process, rather than the use of specific technologies

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