Microsoft and the EU's Sustainable Energy Week
The European Commission as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (23-25 March) will once again run the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign which contributes to realising the European Union's energy policy to amongst other things promote energy efficiency, new renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and clean transport. The 2009 EU Sustainable Energy Week will sponsor 149 events inside and outside of Brussels with over 30,000 participants.
In support of European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week, Microsoft is participating in a series of events:
Smart Cities: Panel with Stephen McGibbon, Regional Technology Officer
(15h-18h - 24.03)
EUROCITIES and DIGITALEUROPE are jointly organising a session around Smart Cities. The session will bring leading experts from the ICT sector, cities and researchers together. Discussions are envisaged to evolve around different aspects of making a city "smarter" and future-proof, how ICT can enable using energy in a more conscious and informed way to reduce emissions.
Enabling Technology for Energy Efficiency – Microsoft Open house to see and hear the role of ICTs in helping create tomorrow’s solutions
The event aims to provide a forum for discussion and deeper insights on how ICT can help reduce CO2-emissions. Modern information technology is a key component in addressing present and future environmental issues. Microsoft will open its doors to its Innovation Centre to the public to exhibit some of the technologies being developed to help companies, citizens and governments advance energy efficiency.
Microsoft is also a candidate for the 4th Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition (23 March)
We are really honored that in addition to being recognized as an industry best practice by the European Commission, the Microsoft Dublin Data Center’s energy efficiency practices now ranks among the top 5 candidates out of 37 entries in the Market Transformation—Voluntary Commitments category of the 4th Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition.
This helps in our overall goal to share with the rest of the industry planning to build data centres, some workable solutions to difficult problems in high energy & water consumption. We are continually looking for ways to apply the power of software and information technology to support environmental sustainability and the data center in Dublin is a prime example.