Office ICT equipment
This section covers the official Government Buying Standards for sustainable procurement of office IT equipment. As well as providing links to the full specifications, it also provides more information on the key issues around procurement in this area and useful tools to help your decision-making.
What does sustainability mean for office IT equipment?
Many of us buying office IT equipment will be familiar with some of the key sustainability considerations from buying similar equipment at home: power consumption, life ‘expectancy’ and compatibility with existing hardware and software.
But it can also be increasingly important to look at the components and materials used: a lot of chemicals and plastic are used in the manufacture of IT equipment and this can be a significant problem when it comes to disposal. So as well as looking at energy efficiency, it’s worth checking how easy it will be to upgrade the equipment when necessary rather than just replacing it.
All central government departments and their related organisations must ensure that they meet at least the mandatory Government Buying Standards when buying goods and services in the product groups covered on this site.
Forthcoming changes in this area
The next changes expected in the standards for office IT equipment are due later this year.
Page last modified: 10 October, 2013