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Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations


11 March 2010

The report suggests that ICT should play a key role in moving Europe to a green economy, but first three critical infrastructures must be put in place:

  • a carbon-accounting infrastructure to make energy use/carbon emissions visible;
  • a smart electrical power grid system to accommodate new demands for renewable energy, energy efficiency and consumer empowerment;
  • making high-speed broadband access to the Internet available across all Europe. 

“Europe’s pioneers of the smart green transformation need to show the way”, says Peter Johnston, “by providing new approaches, business models and technologies that can virtually eliminate carbon emissions.”

ICT companies must increase transparency in relation to their own carbon emissions and energy-efficiency measures, and ICT equipment and service providers should pioneer the use of renewable energies to become near-zero carbon emission businesses.

The authors say there must also be ICT innovations in transport, logistics, smart buildings and smart green cities as follows:

  • Europe’s road, rail and waterways must move fully into the information age;
  • innovation and investments in near zero-emission smart buildings are crucial;
  • cities should lead by example in the use of smart green infrastructures and applications.

There is an urgent need for an integrated approach at the EU level, says the report, to bring together the numerous initiatives for smart green growth in a coherent and synergetic framework, and for the benefits of ICT-enabled green growth to be considered in all EU climate change policy-making.

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