This year, digital is right on top of the agenda of this EU Sustainable Energy Week: from large-scale smart city projects to citizen-oriented digital services and apps, ICT assume an essential role in maximising energy consumption in our lives.

The Green Digital Charter will welcome participants at its stand of the Networking Village on Thursday 22 June morning (09:00 – 12:30, Résidence Palace). Signed by 52 European cities, the Charter sets energy efficiency as top priority for signatories.

Digital solutions to save energy

GDC signatories are compiling and implementing local and digital strategies to make the most efficient use of ICTs to improve the economic, social and environment wellbeing of their citizens.

This event be the occasion to discover policies and projects implemented by GDC signatory cities in the area of energy efficiency.

Environmentally-sound IT and digital applications  

Already today, carbon emitted by the ICT sector reaches 2% and is expected to double by 2020. Among the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is the establishment of a common methodological framework for the measurement of the energy intensity and carbon emissions arising from the production, transport and selling processes of ICT goods, services and networks.

(Smart) cities are important consumers of digital goods and services, and sometimes even owners of IT infrastructures.

Leading by example is one of the GDC signatories’ commitments. Indeed, cities can ensure the measurement, transparency and visibility of each city’s use of ICT infrastructure and digital services in terms of carbon footprint.

Read: Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and chair of EUROCITIES Environment Forum, “Cities are key players in the clean energy transition”, EurActiv, 19.06.2017

EUSEW Networking Village 7

GDC stand at EUSEW networking village (stand 7) will also approach the rising issue of energy consumption of ICT devices. Visit us on Thursday 22 June morning (from 09:00 to 12:30) and assess your own ICT footprint with our participatory board. A good way to start being aaware of the potential of building  ‘green ICT’ ecosystems!


Related policy sessions and networking stands


14:00 – 15:30          Policy session: ‘Data centres – Nearly zero energy consumption’

Charlemagne building, room Jenkins

Résumé: The intensive use and increasing popularity of the internet and cloud computing has created a new way of communicating and storing information; The exponential growth of online data traffic is causing a rapid increase in the number and size of data centres operating continuously (…) Data centres are responsible for about 2% of world-wide CO2 emissions.

With the participation of ( More information on EUSEW website.

14:00 – 17:30           Networking Village 7 ‘Smart city match-making – knowledge exchange with European lighthouse projects’

Residence Palace


16:00 – 17:30          Policy session: ‘Smarter is cleaner – Lessons learned from the SCC1 smart city projects on grids, storage and prosumer model

Greater Birmingham Brussels office (5 minute walk)

Résumé: The session will focus on the replication potential of the energy-related smart solutions being implemented in the SCC1 Lighthouse cities.

With the participation of Piero Pelizzaro, Sharing Cities project manager from the municipality of Milan. More information on EUSEW website.