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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.
The project EURONET50/50max is a testimony to the possibility that significant energy savings can be achieved with simple solutions. 16 partners from 13 different European countries have started implementing this project in 2013. and can now proudly show their first results. The „roll-out 50/50 initiative to unlock energy saving in schools and other public buildings“, as the full title of the project states, is a European project co-financed by the Intelligent energy Europe program and will last 36 months. The project which started in April 2013 is led by the coordinator the Barcelona Provincial Council.
The project aims at mobilizing energy savings in public buildings through the implementation of the 50/50 methodology in 500 schools and nearly 50 other public buildings from 13 EU countries. The 9-step methodology increases energy awareness of the building users and actively involves them in energy–saving actions. Our desire is to widely disseminate the 50/50 concept on the European and national levels to encourage more public authorities to implement the 50/50 methodology in their buildings.
The project is currently being implemented in approximately 500 schools and 50 public buildings. The main actors are schoolchildren who, using their creativity and ideas, implement simple measures such as making sure the light is off if no one is in the room or keeping the heat to a recommended 22°C, monitor the energy used in their building. This also provides them with the opportunity to learn more about the issues of energy and why it is important to conserve it. By working with the children, we can make sure our future remains bright!
The first results
The project aims to achieve energy savings of at least 8%. After the first year of project implementation, the savings in one of the project partners’ schools amount to an impressive average savings of 6 percent, whereof two institutions have managed to reach a 19 percent difference as opposed to the reference years. This is proof that simple actions can yield great results.
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SMARTSPACES aims to public authorities in Europe to significantly improve energy management in the buildings they occupy by using ICT
Europe’s building sector represents a huge, largely untapped potential for energy saving. The new SMARTSPACES project will address this by enabling public authorities in Europe to significantly improve energy management in the buildings they occupy.
The project will be implemented in 11 pilot sites with more than 550 buildings in the Green Digital Charter cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Murcia but also in other large and mid-sized cities like Milan, Leicester, Istanbul, Belgrade, Hagen, Lleida, Venlo and Moulins. This will reach almost 20,000 professionals and staff users and more than 6,000,000 visitors annually. SMARTSPACES will provide an energy optimisation service which will exploit the potential of ICT including smart metering for significant energy saving in city administration buildings, office buildings, museums, university buildings but also schools, nurseries and sports and event centres.
The city authorities are expected to benefit directly through reductions in the time they need to manage the heating plants and prepare renovation investment decisions. Indirect benefits will come through the strong improvement of their economic situation through drastic energy consumption and cost reductions resulting from an optimised operation of the heating plants and electricity systems in their buildings.