Welcome to the
Green Digital Tool Kit

Cities across Europe are signing the Green Digital Charter which commits them to a wide range of activities towards green digital progress. The three core commitments are: running 5 large scale pilot projects, reducing their ICT carbon footprint by 30% and cooperating with other signatories.

This Toolkit helps interested cities to build on the experiences of others. Find out about sharing activities and tools to improve your green performance. Find out more information here.

Featured Activity

Green Life cycle management of client hardware: from purchase to disposal.

City: Ghent
Activity Type:  Operational
Application Area:  Green ICT
Role of ICT:  Efficiency Analysis / Decision making

Procurement: the city only purchases client hardware which can prove its energy efficiency by complying with the requirements of the Energy Star-label or an equivalent label (e.g. Blaue Engel or Nordic Swan). E-notification: all purchases of ICT-material and software are handled fully paperless through the platform e-Notification/Belgian Public Tender Bulletin. Usage: systematic replacement of desktops by laptops which use up to four times less energy. End of life: functioning client hardware starts a second life either in city schools, or through the project "Recup pc" which supplies disadvantaged families with free refurbished second hand computers (including technical assistance, free internet connection for one year, home installation and training). Non-functioning client hardware is handed over to Recupel, the organisation that organises collection and processing/recycling of discarded electro-appliances in Belgium.

Featured Tool

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City: Lisbon  |  Tool type: Planning / Methodology

Pilot thin-client system

The Portuguese National Regulation on Digital Interoperability establishes the open data formats to be used in several domains. For example, for documents from word processors, the mandatory format is ODF 1.1. This regulation can be used as a reference to establish policies on data formats for green ICT projects. Although the document is in Portuguese, the data formats and their references are in English.

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