Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Smart living

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have already spread out of the workplace and become an essential tool in our lives, making communication, organisation and access to information easier and quicker than ever before. ICTs can improve our lives and our world in many more ways as well.
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ICT can improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use in our homes as well as in factories, shops and offices. Reducing energy use saves money, but it also reduces the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere – a major driver of climate change.

ICT can also make our neighbourhoods and our cities more efficient in other ways - improving our transport and reducing congestion. Adding ICT to vehicles can reduce their energy use and make our roads safer.

ICT can help to make our cities better places to live, to work and do business in. In Smart Cities, ICTs are used to improve public services and quality of life, improve the use of resources and reduce environmental impact.

But as we use more and more ICT in our cities, our homes, our cars and our workplaces, we also need to make sure that the energy it uses doesn't outweigh the benefits it brings. We need to be able to measure and compare and we need standard ways of doing that.

The European Commission is committed to building an environmentally sustainable, low-carbon economy with smart technologies.

Last updated on 02/03/2015