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Digital services need to be ‘resilient’. That is - robust and able to withstand and respond to changes arising out of the environmental emergency.
The impact of digital services on 'embodied emissions' or ecological and social impact from mining and manufacture (that is, the environmental cost of producing and disposing of IT equipment) should be considered.
Minimise data retention and resolution
Limit architectural obsolescence
Provide access that minimises end user device numbers
in favour of promoting access to our services via low energy devices, such as tablet and mobile.
Carefully consider the benefits of utilising artificial intelligence or machine learning
to ensure benefit outweighs energy requirements
Architects should consider the impact of climate change in their work from three perspectives, in addition to the other principles.
Set non-functional requirements that meet your optimum specification while balancing commercial impact
Design services that make best use of resources to reduce cost and carbon emissions
Impact on suppliers
Select suppliers considering their carbon footprint
Work with the supply chain to reduce impact
Impact on customers
Promote the move to environmentally sustainable cloud services
Promote digital by default as a principle, reducing CO2 in health and care business processes
Minimise the impacts for the health and care system, such as client devices and two-factor authentication