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This article was originally published on the European Energy Innovation (communication n°2, winter 2017).
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu – The first marketplace to showcase European ICT excellence in energy efficiency
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has become part of our daily life, with a massive influence on society, environment and its future.
We are so used to living in our smart-hyper-connected world that we take for granted a number of digital-comforts unimaginable only a few years ago.
The good news is that ICT is one of the most powerful instruments for tackling today’s environmental threats including climate change and exhaustion of resources: ICT-enabled solutions could cut the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16.5%.1 The bad news is that ICT is responsible for almost 10% of all energy used and 4% of carbon emissions, comparable to the aviation industry. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution in its infancy, the demands of energy and resources for computing systems, data centres, networks and the supporting e-infrastructures are growing exponentially.
Making ICT greener is no simple matter as it involves different disciplines and requires innovative solutions for improved energy efficiency. Following the AAA (Assess, Analyse, Act) paradigm, before reducing ICT’s environmental impact, it must be measured. Performing an orthodox Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is complex, costly and time consuming. It may require months and hundreds of thousands euros. The big ICT players include environmental friendliness in their core strategy and investment for ethical reasons and public image concerns.
For SMEs it’s a whole different story. Most of them simply lack the basic knowledge or awareness to address the problem; they would not be able to afford an LCA and would have difficulty finding their way in the jungle of calculation methodologies and energy efficient solutions.
With over 10 million ICT intensive SMEs in Europe, this would be a missed opportunity for a healthier environment and for SMEs to improve their competitiveness, increase their energy efficiency & lower their bills. Endless options are available to those who want to join the ICT energy efficiency quest: making them accessible is ICTFOOTPRINT.eu’s mission.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is the one-stop-shop for SMEs to improve their ICT energy efficiency, becoming more competitive while reducing their environmental impact and their electricity bills.
Assess the GHG emissions and energy consumption of your products, services and organisation in a quick and simple process, at no cost: Get your personalised report with ICTFOOTPRINT.eu’s Self Assessment Tools SAT-S and SAT-O, ready at the end of 2017, to accompany you through a simplified ICT carbon footprint calculation, following standard methodologies, best-practices and algorithms whose complexity is made transparent for the users.
Analyse the sustainable ICT landscape: join the community and follow the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu webinars to get practical guides & insights from highly qualified experts in the Sustainable ICT sector. Get inspired by the Success Stories of your peers getting ICT energy savings & carbon footprint reduction. Find your way around ICT footprint calculation methodologies with our dynamic Map of ICT methodologies, with 20 downloadable fact-sheets and understandable summaries for non-expert ICT professionals.
Act: drop by the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu marketplace: you will find a wealth of solutions from certified sellers helping you improve your ICT energy efficiency. Think about joining the marketplace as a buyer or seller and give yourself greater visibility with an international market with a community of over 2,500 likeminded players in the field. An influential, international External Advisory Group supports ICTFOOTPRINT.eu that can also provide strategic guidance or outreach support on any products or services you may have.Let us know if you have some interesting stories to showcase and drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu helps you becoming energy efficient in ICT.
Trust-IT Services Ltd UK, Deloitte Sustainability,
FR & EUROCITIES, BE.
Silvana Muscella : email@example.com
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[This article was originally published on ICTFOOTPRINT.eu website]
Last week ICTFOOTPRINT.eu attended SMARTGREENS 2017, in Porto, Portugal, a conference that brought together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.
This provided an excellent forum to showcase the project with an exhibition booth, where SMARTGREENS attendees got more detailed information about ICTFOOTPRINT.eu services, represented by Trust-IT Services (project coordinator) and EUROCITIES (project partner).
Smart cities as a key factor in ICT sustainability
A 20 minute presentation on “green insights” was also given explaining how ICTFOOTPRINT.eu services help cities reducing their ICT carbon footprint, by making informed decisions on how to make their ICT services sustainable and energy efficient.
The audience was made aware of why “green IT” is important for cities and why they have a key role in making the ICT sector more sustainable. ICT can save up to €600 billion & decrease 15% of carbon emissions in 2020, by becoming energy efficient (The Climate Group). Cities contribute to 70% of the world’s greenhouse gases (GHG), where +50% World Population lives.
In addition, some cities favouring green IT ecosystems, such as Nantes (France), where the city has organised demos of green IT projects, developed a Green Code Lab and a global eco-design certificate for an energy-efficient website, among other examples.
Getting familiar with tools & services for sustainability in ICT sector
Attendees were also made aware of ICTFOOTPRINT.eu tools which have been carefully developed to face the most common reasons why organisations do not become sustainable in ICT: lack of knowledge and expertise, lack of time, and low awareness of the benefits.
The Webinars give training and information to those who do not have expertise and want to make their organisation more sustainable. The free marketplace is the online meeting point to find sustainable ICT suppliers with services and products that help stakeholders achieve lower levels of ICT carbon footprint.
The Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services, known as SAT-S is a useful, free, quick and easy-to-use tool to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services, which helps users make informed decisions on how to make their ICT services sustainable and energy efficient. The multilingual online help-desk (English, French, Spanish, Italian & German) gives customised support on sustainable ICT standards.
New audiences to promote energy efficiency in ICT
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is happy to have showcased the project to new audiences and to find new synergies with different stakeholders, from researchers to Standard Development Organisations, which will support Europe in becoming more sustainable in its ICT.
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