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Are Asian Govts Getting Greener?
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Sep 13, 2010

If there was a category that disappointed at last year’s FutureGov Awards it was Green Government. Not because the winner, South Korea’s Environment Ministry, wasn’t a strong entry. Just that it did not have much competition. This year, the story looks different, with nominations for the category up by 20 per cent.

Entries have been coming in from across the region – and not just from the Korea Republic. Government departments in Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong have nominated projects they say have had a positive environmental impact by reducing paper, saving energy or simply by raising operational efficiencies.

In some entries, such as the PC recycling part of Commission on Information & Communications Technology’s iSchools project in the Philippines, sustainability is the primary thrust of the entry. In others, such as the state of Sabah’s Job Application system, a lower carbon footprint is a benefactor of a broader initiative.

A judge of the Green Government category is Graham Rough, the marketing director of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, the category’s sponsor for the second consecutive year. In a winning nomination, he said “we are looking for organisations that put environmental sustainability programmes including that of document management, at the core of their strategic thinking.”

In addition, he said he was looking for “excellence in planning, excellence in execution and a quantified positive environmental impact from the implementation.”

One day before the deadline for entries, the Green Government category had received 20 nominations, already up on the 17 garnered in 2009.

Last year’s winner was Korea’s Ministry of the Environment, which swept the board with a plethora of green IT projects it rolled out in 2009.
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