The European Commission (EC) believes information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to reduce energy use, which also would help in the effort to address climate change and help spur an economic recovery. The EC plans to introduce measures for using ICT to reduce emissions, ask the ICT industry to set targets for becoming more energy efficient, and have ICT work with major energy-using sectors on using its tools for energy-efficient heating, ventilation, lighting, and design.
Businesses can improve on monitoring and managing their energy use with assistance from ICT, and smart metering can help consumers better use power, the EC says.
At a Microsoft event in Brussels last week, EC information society and media commissioner Viviane Reding said she "had a dream of a totally green city" in which traffic management, energy supply, IT networks, urban infrastructure, and waste management were all connected and "optimized for green use." "This is how you get high growth out of the connected economy," she added. Although the carbon footprint of the technology industry continues to grow, Reding said she prefers allowing ICT, rather than legislation, to address the issue.
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