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Purpose & Scope
The ICTFOOTPRINT.eu final event is thought of to consider as both a policy-oriented event, to showcase the results of the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu final policy roadmap deliverable as well as a chance to showcase all of the results achieved during the 36-month duration of the project. Based on the collaboration with AGIT for the workshop in Paris as well as the workshop in Amsterdam a global setting on discussing ICT Green issues is timely.
The day will also bring out insights around providing sound recommendations for energy-efficient ICT digital services that will contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The study should analyse and propose future research priorities, ways to implement green public procurement of digital services also including data centres, and ways to stimulate the provisioning of eco-friendly cloud services. The latter is linked to a new study opened by the EC DG Connect Software & Services unit  that aims to have a study on energy-efficient cloud computing technologies & policies for an eco-friendly cloud market. The results of our day could contribute to supporting this study.
The day will be a chance to peruse the assets of ICTFOOTPRINT namely:
- Policy Action Plan & ICTFOOTPRINT.eu sustainability roadmap
- Self-Assessment Tool for Organisations (SAT-O) & Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services (SAT-S)
- Marketplace Sellers
- Success Stories
- Map of ICT Methodologies
- ICTFOOTPRINTeu Light Certification Scheme
Who should attend?
Innovators, ICT intensive SMEs wishing to become Green ICT friendly, Public administrations researchers, larger organisations policy makers and funding agencies looking to assess future priorities and challenges in Green ICT.
Participants will find out what Green ICT is all about and gain valuable insights on current research priorities and potential opportunities in the area of ICT energy efficiency and sustainability. The event will bring together a reputable group of expert opinion leaders who are knowledgeable about IT resource efficiency and green ICT, and a heterogeneous audience providing the perfect occasion for networking and to share experiences. Best practices and innovative solutions will be showcased completing the offerings of the final event. From the event, you can:
- Develop your organisation’s Green ICT assessment with our ICTFOOTPRINTeu Light Certification Scheme;
- 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;
- Learn about tools and products on the market in Europe today that are providing Green ICT products.
- Contribute to the Policy Dialogue around Green IT & ICT.
The Agenda (Draft)
|Thursday, 17th January 2019|
|09:00-10:30||Registration & keynote presentation at OASC Opening Plenary||OASC Plenary Speakers|
|10:30-11:00||Networking Coffee – in synchronisation with OASC networking||–|
|11:00-11:15||Welcome & ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Main Achievements||Silvana Muscella – ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project coordinator & Trust-IT Services CEO|
|11:15-11:30||TBD||Svetoslav Mihaylov – European Commission Project Officer H5 of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu|
|11:30-11:45||EUROCITIES & The Green Digital Charter||TBC|
|11:45-12:00||Key insights from ICTFOOTPRINT.eu Policy Action Plan & Sustainability Roadmap||Frédéric Croison, Deloitte Sustainability|
|12:00-12:20||#Europematters report “Europe 2030 – Towards a renewed European social contract|
|12:20-12:30||OASC & Green IT||TBD – OASC representative|
|12:30-13:30||Networking Lunch – in synchronisation with OASC networking||–|
|13:30-14:30||Panel Discussion 1||– David Wallom, Oxford e-Research Centre
TBD (Panellists & Moderator)
|14:35-15:35||Panel Discussion 2||TBD (Panellists)|
|15:45-16:00||Wrap-up & Conclusions||TBD|
Venue & Pratical Info
The event will take place at The Egg Brussels (Rue Bara, 175 – 1070 Brussels), situated in the heart of Europe’s capital city in walking distance from the South Station (SNCB, Thalys, Eurostar). We will welcome you at the lobby, at which time you will present your ID to the front desk staff to receive your visitor badge.
The 10th in the series of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinars provided an informative overview on how green policies, green labels and infrastructure virtualization can have a positive impact in decreasing ICT energy consumption in SMEs. By being environment friendly, companies can save money at the same time, thanks to a more efficient use of ICT. It is imperative that Green Policies provide environmental parameters to reduce the carbon impact of business operations and promote sustainable development within the organization.
Proactive policy on energy transition – a Green IT roadmap for municipalities
Matthieu Clavier (Coordinator & formerly ICT Technical Architecture Officer at Nantes Métropole) presented on how the Nantes Métropole area decreased its IT energy consumption over the past years, thanks to the their Green IT roadmap, a document that describes this ambition.
The public structure manages IT services for numerous activities with over 400 software applications and numerous servers and IT equipment for more 7,000 users. Numerous opportunities were identified to improve IT efficiency, particularly over the past 4 years, to drastically decrease IT energy consumption and involve all local players on the territory. The Roadmap had contribution from green IT players based in Métropole area, namely from GREENSPECTOR and EasyVirt, both sustainable sellers registered in ICTFOOTPRINT.eu green IT marketplace.
How did Nantes Métropole decrease their IT energy consumption? Firstly, a place to share good practices was created. This way, members of the region could share their good practices on how they got competitive advantages thanks to green IT.
Secondly, an energy audit was performed to first diagnose the priority improvement areas and then define a work plan towards energy consumption reduction. Last but not least, the third action was the definition of a Purchase Policy with Green IT criteria. Now, the IT purchasing chief officer needs to be aware of energy issues in IT equipment and take into consideration green IT decisions in his global IT strategy. In case of Nantes Métropole, thanks to green IT purchase policies, the region is reducing their IT energy consumption. By 2020, they are expecting to save 100.000 kWh annually, compared to the energy consumption registered in 2015.
Focusing on datacenters, Métropole region automatically removed unused virtual servers (over 100 of 700 servers), saving about 9.000 kWh per year. Plus, they optimized datacenter air cooling from 19°C to 23°C, to decrease the energy costs of cooling data centers, without comprising their performance. Regarding office hardware, printers and copiers were configurated to print on both sides of the paper (this saved around 14.000 reams of paper) and 5.000 workstations now switch to standby mode after 3 hours of activity.
To go even deeper in its green IT journey, Nantes Métropole created the “Eco Energetic Audit”, a mobile city application that allows citizens to easily detect a source of large energy consumption which affects the lifetime of the battery of the user and also give global savings.
Green Code Label – certifying digital services as “Green IT”
Thierry Leboucq (Chairman at GREENSPECTOR), presented the Green Code Label, a label recently obtained by Nantes Métropole website. The Greencode label is a label for sustainable web introduced by Green Code Lab, a French association to help people in digital companies and jobs to provide their digital services using eco-design.
Briefly, the Green Code Label is a 32-rule repository, with 3 levels of labels (gold, silver, bronze), where users can self-assess their own website. The perimeters considered in the label consider the effectiveness of the server code, the low use of databases, the optimization of network transfers, the effectiveness of the customer code, the relevance and sobriety of the presentation of the content. Some examples of criteria that are consider in the assessment are: stop processing when the webpage is not being visualized by the user, optimization of videos and images, homepage energy consumption, amongst others.
When Nantes Métropole website, first performed the first Green Code Label assessment, it was classified as “bronze” and as “F” regarding energy consumption (from A-G scale, A being the most energy efficient). Thanks to the Eco-Design procedures applied in the homepage, the Nantes Métropole website was classified as “Gold”
How do we reduce the use of resources while improving performance and decreasing cost?
Martin (CEO at EasyVirt), demonstrated why virtualization is a relevant action to improve sustainability of IT equipment. Having fewer physical servers and having to rely on virtual machines (VM) allows lower levels of energy consumption. However, there is a rebound effect. VM are practical and easy to install, but, a high number of VM are installed, a new physical server needs to be bought, to bear with the huge amount of VM. Plus, for each 100W used by VM, only 2.5W represent useful computing power. It is crucial that VM energy consumption is optimized. EasyVirt developed a software to optimize the VMs, called DC Scope, a monitoring tool that makes it easy to control and optimize VM, transforming them into more efficient machines due to less waste at the sources.
Both the video and the PowerPoint presentations are available on the webinar page
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ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is proud to announce that it was made a member of the IFGICT: International Federation of Global & Green Information Communication Technology this week in recognition of its endeavours to favour the uptake of green technology in ICT.
IFGIT is a not for profit registered federation in the US and shortlisted by UNFCCC – CDM (United Nations United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Clean Development Mechanism) as a Certified Service Provider for the provision of consultancy, training and implementation of efficient technology in the information and communication technology sector. IFGIT’s vision is to award internationally recognized, credentials of excellence for ICT and business technology development world-wide, through standardization, accreditation and validation of training and professional development services.
As IFGIT is a US organization, this is a positive sign that ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is not only grabbing attention for its commitment to promoting green ICT policy and technology from stakeholders in Europe. but on the other side of the Atlantic too!
May a fruitful collaboration ensue.
Where: Amsterdam, TQ Amsterdam
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.
REGISTER HERE : http://bit.ly/2GD8mY3
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.
Do you want to calculate the environmental impact of your digital service with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies? Join ICTFOOTPRINT.eu 8th webinar untitled ‘How to ecodesign digital services? Focus on the GreenConcept project‘ and learn how companies can handle together digital transformation and environmental performances.
Duration : one-hour (free attendance)
28 February 2018 at 12:00 CET (Brussels time)
- Caroline Vateau (Senior Consultant at NEUTREO and General Secretary of Alliance Green IT) and Damien Prunel (Ecodesign Consultant at Bureau Veritas) CODDE will explain the method of how to ecodesign a digital service based on the white paper from Alliance Green IT
- Christophe Fernique, in charge of the environmental issues at the Occitanie Chamber of Commerce, will explain in detail the GreenConcept project from the origin to the first results.
- Sebastien Bernis (CEO of BSWEB – webmarketing appliance) and Valentin Girard (Specialist in embedded systems and RFID technology at ELA INNOVATION – IOT based appliance), will both share their experiences on the GreenConcept project.
More information on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website.
Green Digital Charter collection of case studies 2017
24 case-studies for 21 contributing cities: GDC signatories are leading the way in deploying digital solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their citizens’ quality of life. Buildings, energy, transport, e-participation, green ICT, waste management : this third publication gathers inspiring (and replicable?) solutions. Each case-study has its own person of contact. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them!
Read our Flipbook at http://bit.ly/2ngXXu4
Or even browse the online book below!
This edition is already the third! Access the 2015 and 2016 catalogues on this page : http://bit.ly/GDC-case-studies.
EUROCITIES’ Green Digital Charter/GuiDanCe project is setting up an online training, for cities only, on ‘Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’.
Tuesday 5 December
11:00-12:00 C.E.T (Brussels time)
The session will provide an overview of the lessons learned from the EU H2020-funded EURECA project (https://www.dceureca.eu/). Energy-saving opportunities, barriers to adoption and running cost of facilities are among the areas covered by the training. Some of the material presented will highlight for the first time some interesting results around average running cost of servers in the public sector, IT energy consumption distribution, and key factors affecting energy efficiency beyond PUE. Experience from a city involved in a project will be shared with the audience.
The training is suitable for civil servants including heads of IT’s, CxO’s, data centre managers, Energy managers/officers, sustainability managers/officers, as well as procurers.
Continuous Professional Development: Attendees of the training session will receive an official EURECA / GDC training certificate.
11:00 – 11:05 : Introductory remarks, by Rebecca Portail (Green Digital Charter, EUROCITIES)
11:05 – 11:25 : ‘Making the Business Case for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Over 200 Public Sector Data Centres in Europe’, by Dr. Rabih Bashroush, coordinator of the EURECA project.
11:25 – 11:45: ‘Northern Ireland exploit datacentre and cloud services to deliver better citizen services’, by Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)
11:45- 11:55 : Q&A
11:55 – 12:00 : Closing remarks
Dr. Rabih Bashroush is the Coordinator of the H2020 EURECA project and the Director of the Enterprise Computing research group (http://bit.ly/2ruEu8b) at the University of East London. Before joining UEL, he spent 10 years at the Queen’s University Belfast in various roles. He held visiting scientist positions at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Philips Research Labs (Netherlands), and Danfoss Power Electronics (Denmark). In 2016, he was appointed as the coordinator of the EU Commission DG CONNECT Smart Cities Research Cluster (https://www.smartcitiescluster.eu/) on Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.
He serves on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centers; the BSI TCT/7/3 Telecommunications; Installation requirements: Facilities and infrastructures – CEN/CENELEC TC215; and the BSI ST/46 ISO SC 39 Sustainability For and By IT standardisation committees. He served on the EU Commission Expert Working Group for Best Environmental Practice in the Telecommunication and ICT services sector and the EU Consultation Forum for the EcoDesign legislation for energy efficient Servers. Dr Bashroush has worked with a number of central and local governments in Europe on energy efficiency projects of varying sizes.
Mrs. Caron Alexander is Director of Digital Shared Services at Department of Finance of the Government of Northern Ireland Government. She will share her experience in collaborating with the EURECA project from the public sector’s side.
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.
Green information and communication technology (ICT) for smart cities was the subject of the 6th Green Digital Charter webinar on 7 November. Three experts presented their work.
Fredrik Eriksson is ICT strategy officer in Linköping. His city has already developed a broad range of environmentally friendly ICT solutions. Linköping wants to become CO2 neutral by 2025, partly by switching to renewable energy sources. Back in 2013, the city adopted a new travel policy for its municipal staff: “Travels shall only take place when necessary; travels shall, as far as possible, be replaced by video, phone, and web conferencing.” The ensuing ‘greener’ meetings and fewer trips have had a positive effect on participants’ availability and efficiency, he said. Eriksson’s presentation is available here.
Jaak Vlasveld, director at green IT Amsterdam, presented a series of case studies and projects that use or develop green IT tools and solutions. According to Vlasveld, power management should be enabled at hardware level (computing resources) whenever possible. The other layers to be considered in green cloud models are software applications, virtualisation platforms, and data centre infrastructure, he said, stressing that beyond performance, the impact of energy efficiency improvements should also be explicitly assessed. Vlasveld’s presentation is available here.
Silvana Muscella, founder and CEO of Trust-IT Services, presented the ICTfootprint.eu project, which aims to become the consolidated effort that, at European level, raises awareness of metrics, methodologies, and best practices in measuring the ICT sector’s energy and environmental efficiency, and that facilitates their broad deployment and uptake. The project has developed a range of tools and services, which you can consult at ICTfootprint.eu. One such tool is the map of ICT standards. Whether you work for a public administration, an ICT-intensive SME, or an ICT supplier, we strongly encourage you to join the ICTfootprint.eu community to benefit from these services. Muscella’s presentation is available here.
Watch the complete recording HERE