The Green Digital Charter was launched at the end of 2009 to encourage cities to reduce the carbon footprint of their ICT and roll-out ICT solutions which lead to more energy efficiency in areas such as buildings, transport and energy.
So far 28 cities have signed up to the Green Digital Charter and many others are interested committing to:
- work with Green Digital Charter signatories on ICT and energy efficiency ICT;
- deploying 5 large-scale pilots per city within 5 years from the signature;
- decreasing ICT’s direct carbon footprint per city by 30% within 10 years.
The signatory cities are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Eindhoven, Genoa, Ghent, The Hague, Helsinki, Linköping, Lisbon, Malaga, Malmo, Manchester, Murcia, Nantes Métropole, Nice Cote d’Azur, Nuremberg, Reykjavik, Rijeka, Tallinn, Stockholm, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb and Zaragoza.
They use the EUROCITIES network to coordinate their efforts, develop an implementation roadmap on the commitments above, exchange experiences and build benchmarks of good practice, as well as seeking external sources of funding to support their ambitions.
First NICE training
"Measuring green IT"
The first NICE training will take place on 19th June 2012 in Belfast, United Kingdom.
The training is designed to help cities measure their ICT footprint and to highlight winning actions which contribute to their commitment to reduce the ICT footprint by 30%.
The training includes:
- a broad introduction to the subject of carbon footprinting,
- an update from the ITU on latest developments in international standards for measuring ICT footprints,
- an introduction to the NiCE ICT reporting tool
- city experiences in measuring their ICT footprint,
- networking and experience sharing opportunities.
The training aims to provide delegates with a greater understanding of what needs to be done to measure the ICT footprint of a city, as well as, inform them about the relevant methodologies and tools.
Registration can be done here.
Up to date 28 Cities committed to the Green Digital Charter. Linköping and
Venice were the latest cities signing up on the 4th and 5th May 2012.
Linköping signed the Green Digital Charter on the 4th of May 2012 during the European Commission's conference "Smart Energy and Sustainable ICT", which took place on the 3rd and 4th May 2012 in Brussels.
Christian Gustavsson, Linköping City Commissioner, signed the Charter on 4 May at the European Commission's conference "Smart Energy and Sustainable ICT" in the presence of Paul Bevan, Secretary General of Eurocities; Jan Panek, Head of Unit in DG Energy, European Commission; Colette Maloney, Head of Unit in DG Information Society and Media, European Commission; Jean-Marc Jancovici, CEO of Carbon 4; and Ana Rita Neves, Member of the Covenant of Mayors Office.
Gianfranco Bettin, Councillor for Environment and Digital Citizenship, signed the commitment of Venice on 5th May.
- NICE Project - Green Digital Charter
Linkoping and Venice raising the Charter signatories to 28
- Municipality of the City of Venice
Venezia sottoscrive la Green Digital Charter
Domani a Mestre in occasione della Notte verde il Comune di Venezia firma la "Green Digital Charter"
- Notte Verde Venezia
Barcelona nad Eindhoven committed to the Green Digital Charter on the 28th and 29th of February.
Find out more at Green Digital Charter site and at the press articles listed below:
- NICE Project - Green Digital Charter
Green Digital Charter signatories up to 26 after Barcelona and Eindhoven sign
MWC- Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital europea para el uso de las TIC
- Noticias EFE
Barcelona se compromete con la CE a reducir emisiones y aplicar las TIC
Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital europea para el uso de las TIC para mejorar la eficiencia energética de la ciudad
- The Commission's representation in Spain
Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital de la Comisión Europea para el uso sostenible de las TIC
Bruselas da su pleno apoyo al proyecto de Barcelona como capital mundial del móvil
Barcelona pagarà amb mòbils
Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital europea para el uso de las TIClona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital de la Comisión Europea para el uso sostenible de las TIC
Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital europea para el uso de las TIC
- Revista de Prensa
Construyendo la e-UE
- Tribuna Municipal
Barcelona se adhiere a la Carta Verde Digital de la CE para el uso sostenible de las TIC
- Report of the Meeting of Advisory group ICT Infrastructure for energy-efficient buildings and neighbourhoods for carbon-neutral cities, September 2011
- Report on the Smart Sustainable Cities session at the ICT4EE 2010 event
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More information on external websites and articles
Find out more on the signature of the Green Digital Charter on the Cities websites:
- EUKN - Finland
- El País
"Europa potenciará las ciudades "inteligentes y ecológicas"
"¿Qué es una ciudad inteligente?"
"De la Torre participa en un foro en Bruselas"
ANDALUCÍA - Málaga - De la Torre asegura que en estos años "hemos articulado ciudad" y destaca la atención "barrio a barrio"