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ICT Sustainability


ICT Sustainability: Course Introduction

Topic: Reduce carbon emissions and increase organisation efficiency with computers.

ICT is both part of the problem and part of the solution to climate change. A study sponsored by the Australian Computer Society has shown that computers and telecommunications equipment in Australia generated 7.94Mt of carbon dioxide in 2005, 1.52% of national emissions. This course investigates the contribution of ICT to carbon emissions and how technology can reduce those emissions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the sustainability of IT services, devices and day-to-day operations of an organisation, including the carbon footprint and e-waste.
  • Prepare a sustainability strategy for IT in an organisation,covering both energy and materials use.


This e-learning course is a part of the reserach project “Software for Synchronised Asynchronous Constructivist E-Learning”. This research project is conducted at the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University.


Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) consultant to government and industry.

The ICT Sustainability course is designed by Tom Worthington, a Past President, Certified Professional, Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society. Tom has been a consultant on computer energy use to the federal Environment Department. Tom was commissioned by the ACS to write the world's first globally certified green ICT course, which the ANU course is a development of. He received the ACT ICT Educator of the Year Award 2009, for this course and is the author of "ICT Sustainability: Assessment and Strategies for a Low Carbon Future".

Course materials were adapted for edX by Hao Wu, a master student from Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University.