Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT Proposers' Day 2012

6. ICT for a low carbon economy

Challenge 6 explores opportunities for harnessing digital technologies to address climate change, especially to increase energy efficiency and to better manage our water resources. The main role of ICT is reducing resource consumption and CO2 emissions, in particular related to electricity and water distribution, the built environment, transport and logistics. Particular attention is given to cities as platforms for innovation, encouraging the validation of integrated solutions in user-driven, open innovation environments.

The Challenge focuses on the following:

• Future electricity distribution grids fostering synergies between telecommunication and energy networks.

• Data Centres in an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly Internet.

• Water resources management focuses on ICT-enabled demand-side management and resource efficiency solutions, in an integrated water resources management context.

• Smart Cities. The aim is to integrate and validate ICT technologies and services in neighbourhoods to make progress towards carbon neutrality in cities.

• Co-operative mobility is the interconnection of users, vehicles and infrastructure that enables the creation and sharing of new kinds of information, leading to a better cooperation amongst mobility users.

• Electro-mobility addresses architectures for electronics in the car; and comprehensive energy management systems for its infrastructure integration.

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