Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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PRESENT STATE OF GREEN ICT PROCUREMENT IN THE MALAYSIA’S PUBLIC SECTOR
Khairul Naim Adham, Chamhuri Siwar

Last modified: 2016-01-14

Abstract


The use of environmentally friendly Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices has been acknowledged as effective measures in reducing environmental burdens. In this view, green ICT could play an important role in promoting environmental sustainability as ICT industry is responsible for 2-3 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. In the context of Malaysia, Green ICT refers to the practice of manufacturing, using and disposing of computers, servers, and related accessories efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment. Green ICT benefits the environment by reducing the use of hazardous materials, improving energy efficiency, lowering green house gas (GHG) emissions, and encouraging reuse and recycling. As a major consumer of ICT devices, the Malaysian government can play a leading role by taking into consideration environmental characteristics in its ICT devices procurement. The objective of this study is to assess the present state of environmental consideration in the procurement of ICT devices in the Malaysia’s public sector. A total of 34 technical specifications were evaluated based on 3 criteria. The study reveals only 6 ICT’s technical specifications (17%) have integrated environmental characteristics (minor criteria). The finding indicates procurement of green ICT devices in the Malaysia's public sector is not widely implemented at this point in time although the guideline on green ICT implementation is already in place