Technology can help make a significant impact on a government's environmental performance. Microsoft helps governments work toward environmental sustainability by helping you:
Reduce the energy that your technology uses to save money and lessen your environmental impact.
Manage your technology environment to become more efficient.
Rethink business processes to use technology to reduce paper and travel.
Effectively managing your server and desktop environments can deliver significant energy and financial savings. However, managing your ICT infrastructure to make it more efficient and sustainable is only part of you environmental sustainability responsibility.
Measurement is critical for any government entity to manage it's environmental efforts and achieve environmental goals. As the saying goes: "you can’t manage what you can’t measure." Governments can’t assess the impact of their environmental efforts without benchmarking and evaluation of key measures and metrics. Fundamentally, measurement is a business intelligence challenge and applies to virtually every aspect of environmental sustainability. This ranges from gathering the information used to formulate environmental policy and regulations to gathering and analyzing vast amounts of data required to monitor the progress toward carbon reduction goals, micro and macro trends related to air and water quality, biodiversity, and more. An example of this is the European Environmental Agency’s Eye on Earth solution, which monitors air and water quality while engaging citizens by encouraging them to contribute and share their own observations through text messages.
Governments define, enforce, and constantly reassess the policies and regulations that protect the environment for future generations. Microsoft can help you make sense of the vast amount of environmental data collected from a variety of sources and stakeholders. This insight can be used to help make smart decisions regarding policy and regulations, and measure their impact once they are implemented.