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1. Relevant to you work area, discuss the best practice approaches you use.
Consider innovative planning and design rules for ICT projects: Using innovative sustainability practices, tools, techniques, systems, procedures such as telecommunication systems, power boards, virtualising systems, etc. Using innovative hardware or software to reduce consumption/waste and work on real time data devices which will incorporate in evaluating the power wastage and alarm the field employees when necessary Using innovative work or production processes Using innovative monitoring practices by installing metering devices which is monitored digitally
2. Briefly explain the legislation, regulations and codes of practice that is relevant to environmental sustainability for your industry and organisation, as well as the relevant principles, practices, systems, procedures, available tools and techniques used for sustainability management.
The EPBC Act enables the Australian Government to join with the states and territories in providing a truly national scheme of environment and heritage protection and biodiversity conservation and its regulations function to protect the environment by improving sustainability. It’s done by reducing the consumption and the production of waste/pollution. Codes of practice produced by peak industry bodies explain the conduct and behaviour expected of people associated with those industries. One example of a code is the Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018, which includes sections on minimising environmental disturbance. Practices, tools, techniques, systems and procedures relevant to the ICT industry are reducing energy consumption by establishing automated processes, looking at and comparing ‘energy star’ ratings when purchasing ICT equipment, using power boards, virtualising systems, auto-sensors and considering effective space and thermal management.
3. What types of WHS implications might you consider in relation to new policies?
Answers should explain: It is important to consider the WHS implications for new policies developed – for example: · Changes in work process may require staff to undergo additional training · Changes in the placement of ICT equipment may require the use of safe manual handling skills, alterations to the placement of fire extinguishers/exits and the implementation of strategies to reduce slip/trip/fall hazards, etc. · Changes in hardware/software may require security upgrades
4. Explain the process for estimating CO2 emissions.
Answers could explain: To estimate CO2 emissions for your nominated project, calculate the total kilowatt hours for your organisation or system to which the ICT sustainability strategy has been applied. Then, multiply the kWh by the Emissions Factor (EF) for your state/territory. This is a nationally-accepted estimate of the emissions for purchased electricity in each state and territory. EF for each state/territory is shown in the following table:
To estimate CO2 emissions for your nominated project, use this formula: CO2 emissions = kWh x EF
5. Discuss the processes and practices of policy development.
A policy is a written statement which explains why workers should undertake a task in a certain way. One can involve staff also in policy development. Research what a good procedure is, draft it and implement it at the workplace. It is necessary that it is properly communicated to those who will be required to use it in their work. You should be creative in the ways in which you promote the benefits of new policy. You should also communicate implications in terms of non-compliance with new policy.
6. Summarise the methodology of power consumption audit, including the calculations required to determine ICT power consumption.
Answers might reflect: You must gather data on the power consumption of the ICT equipment in your organisation, to inform an energy audit
By looking at the manufacturer’s guidelines or labels for particular equipment; · By looking at your organisation’s energy consumption records (e.g. power bills); · By using a power meter, which measures the power consumption of an item · By using a running cost calculator; · By completing ICT power consumption calculations Power consumption calculations are underpinned by the kilowatt hours (kWh) used by an appliance. kWh is a measure of electrical energy, equivalent to a power consumption of one thousand watts for one hour. To calculate the kWh of an appliance, use the following formula: kWh = [number of hours’ use] x [number of days’ use] x ([capacity of item expressed in watt]/1000) Note the capacity is divided by 1000 to convert watts into kilowatts, to give kWh.
7. What are the quality assurance systems relevant to your own organisation?
Answers will depend on the quality assurance systems relevant to the learners’ organisation, and are likely to be outlined in the organisation’s relevant policies and procedures.
Answer the following questions either verbally with your assessor or in writing.
1. Discuss three (3) examples of the issues you might consider when negotiating with stakeholders to establish the extent to which sustainability is to be integrated.
1. Provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions.
2. Ensure everybody has the opportunity to contribute their perceptions/opinions, and that others listen respectfully to these.
3. Support people to take a long-term, organisation-centred view of the issues.
You should negotiate with all key stakeholders – that is, all the people and groups with an interest in ICT sustainability in your organisation. This ensures that decisions made about an ICT sustainability project are fully informed.
2. What should you consider and use in negotiations?
Negotiation involves all parties engaged in an issue working together to identify a mutually-agreeable solution, which meets the needs of all parties to the greatest possible extent. Negotiation involves the use of cooperative and non-judgmental communication to identify needs, active listening techniques to better understand this needs, critical thinking to determine the true issues and negotiable boundaries, and innovation to develop an appropriate response.
3. Reflect on the methods suitable to use in the workplace to research and identify the technology solutions that are suitable and applicable to a project.
Energy audit is carried out by the company auditor to gather all the required information. This is a tedious and lengthy process as it involves visiting field, consulting staff, etc. All information collected is used to evaluate the different uses of energy within the process and to establish a breakdown of the energy consumed called Energy Balance and finally an energy report is prepared but this process can be simplified by using metering devices and get real time data with the use of necessary softwares.
4. What information would be included in a report on power consumption data for ICT equipment required for an energy audit?
General or specific measures which may be implemented for ICT sustainability, Costs and savings related to ICT sustainability for your organisation, Annual energy usage estimates based on at least site -level data, Daily consumption profiles in some level of detail, Identification of anomalies in relation to power consumption, Identification of energy use performance indicators and Calculations related to energy efficiency payback.
5. What is a tool you might use to assist in the planning and implementation of short term technology solutions to achieve reduction of power consumption?
One of the most efficient, effective ways is to use a Gantt chart. A Gantt chart is one of the most popular and useful ways of showing activities displayed against time. On the left of the chart is a list of the activities and along the top is a suitable time scale. Each activity is represented by a bar; the position and length of the bar reflects the start date, duration and end date of the activity.
6. What do you need to ensure about the sustainable management principles initiated and progressed in the project?
The sustainable management principles initiated and progressed in the project should help in reducing the negative impact on the environment. The sustainable management principles that are implemented must be effective and innovative enough contributing to the green environment efforts and meet the regular needs of the society at the same time.
7. What might you consider when establishing the KPI’s to be used and regularly reviewed, relating to sustainability performance?
It is important that you continuously monitor the ICT sustainability project, both as it is being implemented and then in its day-to-day operation. This is important in ensuring that the project is consistent with specifications outlined the project plan. A project is monitored against key performance indicators; it is therefore important that you establish these. For an ICT sustainability project, KPIs will relate to the sustainability performance of the organisation.
8. How might you identify areas where you can incorporate innovative planning and design rules in ICT projects?
You can identify areas for innovation in your ICT sustainability project in a variety of ways. It can be done by considering trends in the market/industry in which your organisation operates, Your organisation’s customers’ wants and needs (if applicable), The activities of your organisation’s competitors, and what this means for you, Seeking advice from experts in your industry, Listening to your colleagues’ ideas about innovation and improvements.
9. Outline the structure that should be applied to the development of a detailed report on energy usage within scope of an ICT project.
Formal reports are often written, and prepared using the following basic structure:
When your report is complete, it is important that you check it. This involves carefully reading and rereading the document, so that you can spot and fix errors. Once the document has been thoroughly checked, you need to adjust it accordingly.
10. Outline the calculation used to estimate the potential energy savings for an ICT sustainability project.
Energy saving = [energy consumption Time #1] – [energy consumption Time #2]u
Time #1 = before the implementation of the ICT sustainability project
Time #2 = after the implementation of the ICT sustainability project
Energy consumption = the total energy consumption of the organisation or part of the organisation where the sustainability project was implemented, in kWh
11. Where would you obtain the comparable benchmarks that would be used to evaluate estimated CO2 emissions?
Benchmarks to compare CO2 emissions can be found from different sources such as
12. What should you consider when making sustainability recommendations?
In implementing this project, it is likely you will identify other areas of the organisation where ICT sustainability could – and, perhaps, should – be implemented. It is important to make recommendations, in order of priority, for other ICT sustainability projects. What is a ‘priority’ for an ICT sustainability project will depend on your organisation’s particular processes, activities and goals.
13. What implementation costs would you consider for the integration of sustainability for ICT projects?
It is also important that you give estimates of implementation costs for the implementation of an ICT sustainability project. This is important in informing decisions about the implementation of the project. The costs you may consider include:
The following task is to be demonstrated and assessed in in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances must be typical of those experienced in the telecommunications sustainability field of work and include access to:
Sites on which planning, design and integration of sustainability may be carried out. Relevant legislation, standards, guidelines, reports and equipment specifications and drawings.
A range of workplace documentation, personnel, information and resources including:
For this task you are to complete the following activity to demonstrate your ability to integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects.
Prepare to integrate sustainability into the planning and design stages of an ICT project through completion of the following steps:
1. Evaluate the suitable ICT projects into which sustainability can be integrated.
2. Negotiate with the stakeholders to establish, and document, the extent to which sustainability is to be integrated.
3. Conduct some research to identify the technology solutions that are suitable and applicable to the project.
4. Based on the agreed standard, gather, and record, the power consumption data on the ICT equipment required for an energy audit.
Complete the following actions to devise strategies for incorporating sustainability into the ICT project:
5. Determine short term technology solutions to achieve a reduction of power consumption, and oversee the implementation of these solutions.
6. Initiate sustainable management principles that result in reduced environmental impact, and develop and implement policies and procedures to monitor and progress them.
7. Establish KPIs on sustainability performance, and develop and apply policies for their regular review and improvement.
8. Develop, document and incorporate policies and procedures for innovative planning and design rules for ICT projects, to ensure that they foster sustainability and environmental best practice.
To analyse energy audit data, complete the following actions:
9. Within the scope of the ICT project, identify the energy usage and provide a detailed report.
10. Estimate the potential energy savings and payback periods for recommended actions.
11. Estimate, and record, the CO2 emissions for the nominated project.
12. Evaluate the estimated CO2 emissions with comparable benchmarks.
13. In order of priority, develop and document recommendations, giving the estimates of the implementation costs on the integration of sustainability for other ICT projects.
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