Pilot testing on methodologies for energy consumption and carbon footprint of the ICT-sector - Study
The aim of the above procurement action was to verify and report on the results of pilot tests (www.ict-footprint.eu) that various industry organisations across the whole ICT-sector voluntarily conducted on testing the compatibility and workability of methodologies for the measurement of the energy consumption and carbon footprint in the areas of: ICT-Products, ICT-Services and ICT-Organisations. The above initiative was created by the need to transparently measure (and eventually control) the continuously increasing energy and environmental footprint of the ICT-sector which today is... responsible for 8 to 10% of the EU’s electricity consumption and for 2.5 to 4% of its carbon emissions, and could double by 2020. The establishment of such transparency will not only empower citizens to make greener (i.e. more sustainable and eventually cheaper) choices when they buy or use digital technologies but will also be an essential step in controlling global climate change. The methodologies that were tested were based on international standards that were notably developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the GeSI/Carbon Trust consortium. The above exercise was conducted in response of the industry and standard development organisations (SDOs) to Key Action 12 of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) where the ICT-sector was invited to adopt common energy and emission measures.