The European Commission has called on national governments and companies to apply information and communications technology (ICT) solutions to improve their energy efficiency.
Green ICT: the industry must lead the way
It also wants the ICT sector to “lead the way” by reducing its own carbon footprint by 20 per cent as early as 2015, five years ahead of its target for the economy as a whole. Launching its Communication on ICT, energy efficiency and a low-carbon economy on 12 March this year, the Commission said ICT solutions can enable reductions in emissions by up to 15 per cent by 2020, which would meet three-quarters of its target. ICT-enabled systems can reduce energy consumption of buildings in the EU by up to 17 per cent and carbon emission in transport logistics by up to 27 per cent, the Commission said. It added that ICT can also help make people more aware of how they use energy. Smart metering in homes, for example, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 10 per cent. The Commission urged ICT companies all over Europe to form partnerships with firms in the construction and transport industries to exploit what it believes will be a massive growth industry.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/ activities/sustainable_growth/energy_efficiency/index_en.htm