ICT Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) provide a detailed assessment of an organisation’s ‘backend’ IT infrastructure, services, and data in terms of energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. We use Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) method to capture not only operational but also embodied emissions for full impacts.

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Elements

Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Detailed analysis of energy consumption, energy cost, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of your organisation's ICT

Networking Effects

Comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impacts of your organisation’s network computing, e.g., cloud computing, distributed computing, and virtual network

Embodied Emissions

Thorough assessment of emissions associated with the production, delivery, and end-of-life of the hardware in your organisation

Sensitivity Analysis

Sensitivity analysis to reveal potential ranges of impacts within your organisation

EIA Case Study: Telstra

Project Objectives

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Review Telstra’s Australian Cloud services and determine the energy, water and carbon emissions footprint
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Highlight changes in energy and emissions for a Telstra Cloud user using an online tool
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Relay reality through a series of customer case studies
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Ensure rigour and science behind every output

Our Approach

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Measure Telstra’s Data Centres at the most granular level possible
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Utilise Qingtech modelling tool to analyse both Public and Private Cloud services
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Generate dashboards by joining together customer, data centre, software use and individual server datasets
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Create bespoke customer ‘Before and After’ cloud computing energy and emissions models

EIA Outputs for Telstra Cloud

Energy, Water and Emissions Dashboards

Data centre energy, water and emissions dashboards for specific Cloud types and customers

Strategic Impact Forecasting

Detailed future impact scenarios for Telstra Cloud services according to long term corporate strategy

Cloud Computing Impact Metrics

Assessment of the true environmental impacts of cloud computing down to per user, GB RAM, GHz, Blade, litre of water, etc.

Customer Case Studies

To help organisations get a sense of the real benefits of Telstra Cloud, we analysed two Telstra Cloud business customers to quantify the business and sustainability gains.
  • Reduced energy consumption for data storage and management
  • Carbon emissions saving
  • Energy related costs saving
Read the report here!

Online Carbon Calculator

An interactive way to demonstrate how Telstra Cloud can help their prospective customers find out the potential cost, energy and carbon savings by moving on-premises IT to the cloud, based on:
  • Industry, location and size of organisation
  • Cloud adoption level
  • Current and proposed setup
  Try the interactive calculator here!    

EIA Levels

Advanced EIA

A tailored, in-depth, rigorous estimate based upon as much primary data as possible, reflecting the best possible accuracy. Ideal for organisations wanting to report environmental impacts of migrating to different technologies (e.g. moving to Cloud), manage current impacts of IT/Cloud and understand their wider environmental footprint.
Results are suitable for reporting publicly or using within environmental reporting.

Simple EIA

A quick and rough estimate, based on science and using secondary data. Useful for exploring main areas of potential impact and to highlight potential impacts of moving to different technologies.
Results are not suitable for reporting publicly or using within environmental reporting.

Bespoke EIA

Not sure what suits you? Talk to us to find out how we can help your organisation and you