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Isaca presentation (Feb 2011): greening our world through IT


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For Isaca Belgium, a presentation for roundtable of February, defining how ICT can contribute in greening our world and whether there is a framework needed..

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Isaca presentation (Feb 2011): greening our world through IT

  1. 1. Making a greener world through ICTWhat do we need to achieve this? Isaca Roundtable February 2011 Laurent JANSSENS, Ir CISA CGEIT © Sustain-IT - 2011 1
  2. 2. Agenda• Who am I?• Green IT: key concepts• Is there any green IT governance framework?• And is COBIT® the potential candidate?• References © Sustain-IT - 2011 2
  3. 3. Who am I? - Laurent JanssensOwner of Sustain-IT, which aims to provide advice on green IT, from strategic planning to implementation and on assessments at all stages of the process in between.Previously, 6 years as management consultant at ALTRAN advising clients, mainly in the financial sector, on IT governance, portfolio management, project coaching & process improvement.These consultancy assignments benefited from my experience in IT management, Project management, security management and Audit (ICT, Operational, Financial).As background, mechanical engineer (Ir). He obtained its CISA in 1999 after a Master In Computer Audit © Sustain-IT - 2011 3
  4. 4. With a broader view, the use of ICT brings a multi-dimensional perspective Levels of impact Linked to the use of ICT and its 2nd level applications Linked to the existence of ICT sector and its 1st level own activities Area of impacts Economic Social Environmental Conception Production Distribution Use End of life Inspired from [1]ICT life cycle © Sustain-IT - 2011 4
  5. 5. With focus on CO2, ICT is an enabler to reduce CO2 emission by 15% (7.8 Gt) Levels of impact 2nd level 1st level Area of impacts Economic Social Environment Conception Production Distribution Use End of life Inspired from [1], based on informatin from [2]ICT life cycle © Sustain-IT - 2011 5
  6. 6. But green IT should not only be limited to GHe Levels of impact 2nd level e s ng on urc o a mi pti r m y res a l w onsu erg 1st level l ob gy c -en Area of impacts - G ne r t y on er f n cy E xici n o n tion e lay - o io pa p n - T plet ccu sum ozo Economic Social Environment e -D and o con the Conception - L ater se in y Production - W ecrea ersit -D iodiv Distribution - B Use End of life Inspired from [1]ICT life cycle © Sustain-IT - 2011 6
  7. 7. To achieve the objectives, there is a need to have a green IT framework• Such ambitious objectives (7.8 Gt) may not be easily achieved• Some additional considerations: – Further regulations may be enforced – Customers are becoming more and more green- aware – Good marketing alone is not sufficient, we need: • Effective sustainable products • Sustainable reporting, with transparent governance• A green IT governance framework is needed! © Sustain-IT - 2011 7
  8. 8. A framework to fulfill the requirements• Apply a top-down approach (from strategy to implementation);• Distinguish between « traditional business » and « green IT business »• Include sustainability impacts in the key IT processes• Enable performance management on sustainability © Sustain-IT - 2011 8
  9. 9. COBITâ, as aframework but with some improvements... (1/2) Sustainability objectives G: sample of potential processes impacted by sustainability G G G G G G G G G Sustainable Energy G G GDS 6’: Identify and allocate GHe G G COBIT V4.1 fig 23, for explanation purposes
  10. 10. COBITâ, as a framework but with some improvements... (2/2) er ffic ty O li abi ain st Su ief Ch
  11. 11. A flavour of those impacts on the COBIT processes (1/2)• PO2: Define the information architecture – By having an architecture model and principles promoting standardisation, avoiding complexity, redundancy of information and enforcing re-use, IT investments should decrease any waste in resources, increasing the IT footprint – By having an architecture model that advocates and promotes e-solutions (e-procurement, e-invoicing, e- government, etc) to enable decommissionning
  12. 12. A flavour of those impacts on the COBIT processes (2/2)• PO5: Manage investments – Beside the Financial Management framework, there is a need to create a sustainable management framework. – Sustainability efforts / initiatives should be prioritised. – Sustainability management should compare sustainable projections with sustainable actuals. – BC should also be assessed not only on costs and benefits but also on the environmental impacts.
  13. 13. Conclusion• A « Green-COBIT » is needed• Maybe other management models should be updated: « ABg » (ABC), « Green BSC », « Green-Lean », etc• Be ready for the big transformation: the third industrial revolution based on digital infrastructure is started !!!• This time the transformation has to be environment-friendly• « Green IT » is a good start but why not talk about a « Sustainable IT »? © Sustain-IT - 2011 14
  14. 14. For further questions• Sustain-IT••• +32 479 50 69 37• Twitter: SustainITBiz• LinkedIn: © Sustain-IT - 2011 15
  15. 15. Sustain-IT’s approach People Products Process © Sustain-IT - 2011
  16. 16. References• [1] « T.I.C et développement durable: les conditions du succès » - Sylvie Faucheux, Ch. Hue, I. Nicolaï – De Boeck• [2] Smart2020, the climate Group, 2008• Econochoc, Geert Noels © Sustain-IT - 2011 17
  17. 17. Appendix Smart 2020 report - 2008