The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Computers Off Australia (COA).
COA founder, Mark Winter, said it would work in conjunction with AIIA to ensure members had a certification in place around green initiatives.
“There’s a certification program that we run through with them specifically around computer power management and around virtualisation of the server infrastructure,” he said. “This shows organisations that turning computers off when they’re not in use can save a substantial amount of money – to the value of $1.2 million per year.”
COA has about 60 certified organisations to date and 110 going through the certification procedure.
“By the end of the year we would like to have around 300 to 500 COA certified organisations in Australia,” Winter said. “The MoU that we’ve got with AIIA will see us increase that by about 200 organisations in the next eight months, which is pretty exciting for us.”
In a statement, AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, said the ICT industry had an important role to play in tackling climate change, starting with the reduction of energy consumption in its own sector.
COA has also created an online calculator where organisations can figure out how much they can save through implementing a power management policy.