The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has five study centres with a total of 525 desktops. These desktops are on from early in the morning until late in the evening. With a view to increasing sustainability, ICT Services has teamed up with the University Library to explore which sustainable hardware is most suitable for supporting the activities of students at the study centres.
A pilot project involving laptops has been launched with the help of SURF's annual Sustainability & ICT innovation scheme. Laptops use 70% less energy than desktops and can be manufactured using 75% fewer raw materials. Their purchase price and administrative costs are also significantly lower. The pilot project makes use of Chromebooks, a new type of laptop which is known for being fast and user-friendly.
This pilot project is one of the many ICT-related sustainability initiatives at the UvA. Two other innovative projects, for example, have been started to research the possibilities with respect to energy conservation. These projects are also being conducted with help from the SURF innovation scheme.