I recently attended the European Commission’s ICT for Energy Efficiency event in Brussels where four associations representing information and communication technology companies have come together to ensure our industry will be part of the solution instead of the problem.
ICT taking a stand for energy efficiency
Digital Europe, TechAmerica Europe, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) released a roadmap on how we plan to work together to define methodologies to measure our emissions by 2011 and then reduce it to a figure that can be verified by 2015.
Overall the Commission is supporting the initiative and has designated a team of experts to supervise and feedback independently on the process. While the launch of the newly formed alliance entitled ICT4EE Forum was successful it will be very challenging to reach our ambitious goals. Part of the work will be done by the ITU that is recognized in 196 countries and works closely with the private sector to develop methodologies and standards.
The creation of such an alliance was an extraordinary achievement and can only be explained by the need of advanced innovation from all of the partner organisations to reach our common goal of zero carbon emissions. This will mean technology that can make our transport, logistics, buildings and all products consuming less energy by working smarter and more efficiently. The next challenge of developing new alternative ways for energy will need far more powerful computer processing and advance computer science. The initiative’s objectives will lead to a significant economic growth when developing and implementing these technologies to effectively fight the causes of climate change.
For further information, you can see online all the videos of the conference including the opening of the exhibition and the award ceremony here.