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Getting to grisps on what is ‘Green ICT’ is not an easy task, but the concept of Green ICT touches all our lives and brings together two relevant themes concerning the present and future world : technology and the environment. Nevertheless, just as many other things we do every day, ICT has an environmental impact: so far, the global ICT industry accounts for approximately 2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions, a figure equivalent to aviation.
The European public sector, including city authorities, have a role to play in the emergence of an environmentally-friendly ICT sector.
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Amsterdam kicks-off a series of European workshops
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is organising a series of hands-on workshops across Europe to raise awaraness on Green ICT, for organisations to engage with tools and services increasing energy efficiency and for policy makers to introduce actions as part of their agenda to build a more sustainable world.
The first workshop will take place in Amsterdam on Tuesday 20 March 2018 (venue still to be confirmed). The half-day (stimulating yet intensive) workshop will be divided into three different parts, touching upon :
- Policy and public administration interventions on public policies and programmes
- Best practices from SMEs and reputable tools and services available to help organisations improve their energy efficiency
- An interactive training session and testing of the new Self-Assessment Tool for Organisations (SAT-O) already accessible online at http://sat-o.ictfootprint.eu/
Main Take-aways for the audience
- Learn about tools and products on the market in Europe today that are providing Green ICT products;
- Develop your organisation’s Green ICT assessment during the hands-on session with our SAT-O;
- Grab the opportunity to become a member on our ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace as a buyer or seller and become part of our green ICT growing community
- Gain a whole new understanding of why Green ICT should become your priority & how it can be affordable for SMEs.
The ICT carbon footprint is the amount of carbon generated by the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
Do you think ICT equals green?
Just as an example, it is estimated that a single email accounts for 4g of CO2 issues. An email with attachment is account for 50g of CO2e. With a broader picture, ICTs account for 8-10% of the European electricity consumption and up to 4% of its carbon emissions. yet, with a wide energy and environmental strategy, up to 15% of global emissions could be saved by 2020, especially in sectors like transport, energy, industry and buildings.
Measurement systems are the first step to tackling energy efficiency
Carbon calculation methodologies are essential tools to assess the carbon footprint of products and services. Only a few are dedicated to measuring energy consumption of digital goods, a gap that the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project ambitions to tackle.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu listed the most relevant methodologies for organisations to start adopting the ‘green IT/ICT’ attitude. Find them all by clicking at https://ictfootprint.eu/en/related-tools-services.
This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website.
New GHG ICT sector guidance, Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S) & Datacentres standards
There is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to become energy efficient, and more sustainable with lower levels of carbon footprint. This is an area where Data Centres have a major role to play. Data Centres alone are responsible for 3% of global electricity supply and for 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions (the same carbon footprint as the airline industry).
Making the ICT sector more sustainable should not only focus on data centres. It is crucial to also pay attention to life cycle GHG emissions of other ICT products and services, such has telecoms network services and desktop managed services. There are several approaches and methodologies to decrease ICT carbon footprint, which will contribute to global emission reductions and energy savings. The challenge is to make ICT players aware of them and help them understand why they are important. The ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinar is all about giving you a helping hand.
Alex Bardell (Sustainability for London) : How can datacentres standards help reducing energy and carbon footprint?
Silvana Muscella (CEO of Trust-IT services and ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project coordinator) : Introducing the Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S). SAT-S is a useful, free, quick and easy-to-use tool to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services. It is a practical tool for ICT-intensive organisations to position their ICT services footprint. Silvana is the driver behind the development of useful digital tools and services for smaller companies, in several ICT areas, such as energy efficiency, and especially useful for helping novices make their ICT more sustainable. The final version of SAT-S is planned for June 2017.
Andie Stephens (Carbon Trust) : Insights on ICT sector guidance for the GHG Protocol Product Standard, which provides detailed guidance for the footprint of ICT products and services in the following areas: Telecommunications Network Services – Desktop Managed Services – Cloud & Data Centre Services – Hardware & Software.
This year, digital was 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 welcomed 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 was the occasion to discover policies and projects implemented by GDC signatory cities in the area of energy efficiency.
- Read our annual collections of case-studies
- Lisbon and Rijeka awarded for their approach to energy management (read more)
Environmentally-sound IT and digital applications
Already today, carbon directly emitted by the ICT sector (datacentres and telecommunication networks) 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.
On Wednesday (14:00 – 15:30), DG CONNECT organised a session on ‘nearly zero-emission’ datacentres, testifying of the Commission’s commitment to foster environmental-sound network infrastructures able to sustain the Digital Single Market (DSM). Laura Baracchi (from Trust-IT) presented the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project and the self-assessment tool developed to raise awareness on the carbon footprint of digital service (SAT-S).
(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.
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GDC interactive board also approached the rising issue of energy consumption of ICT devices.
Participants were given the opportunity to self-assess the carbon footprint generated by ICT equipments they own. This small game enabled us to present projects, initiatives and alternative existing in European cities to foster a market for green, energy-efficient and environmental-sound ICT and digital solutions. The game sparked some interesting discussions with stakeholders present in the Networking Village.
Thursday 27 April 2017
Becoming sustainable in ICT does not necessarily mean that we should only focus on the energy consumed by ICT.
We shall also take into account the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of all ICT components, which is about analysing the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life : from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, as well as disposal or recycling[*].
Jean-Marc Alberola (Group Energy Strategy leader at Airbus & vice-chair of ETSI Industry-Specification-Group on Operational Energy Efficiency for Users, ISG-OEU) – Presentation of KPI DCEM (Key Performance Indicators on Data Centre Energy Management) and how to implement them in an industrial area of corporate ICT sites.
Fadri Casty & Tereza Lévová (EcoInvent) – Presentation of the world’s most consistent & transparent Life Cycle Inventory database, to help you make truly informed decisions about ICT products’ environmental impact.
Berina Delalic (multEE) – Introduction of the Monitoring & Verification Platform (MVP), a web-based tool calculating and storing data about energy and CO2 savings resulting from implement energy efficiency measures.
[*] Curious about e-waste? Watch ‘Ghana Digital Dumping Ground‘ (2009), a short documentary on Agbogbloshie, the world’s biggest wasteland for electronic devices.