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Action 69: Assess whether the ICT sector has complied with common energy and emmission measures

Assess by 2011 whether the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector has complied with the timeline to adopt common measurement methodologies for the sector's own energy performance and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and propose legal measures if appropriate.

What is the problem ? ICT is an increasing contributor to the European energy bill

Today ICT equipment and services are estimated to be responsible for somewhere between 2,5 and 4% of the EU's carbon emissions (comparable to the aviation sector) and 8 to 10% of our electricity consumption. These figures are expected to double by 2020.

Why is EU Action required ? Reduce energy consumption of ICT sector

The growing ecological footprint of the ICT sector threatens to hinder deployment of ICT with consequences for the industry and the contribution of ICT to the recovery and growth of the economy.

What will the Commission do ?

The Commission invited the ICT sector to develop a framework to measure its energy and environmental performance and adopt and implement common methodologies by 2011.

Key stakeholders (including standardisation organisations and industry) are joining up their efforts to deliver on the common methodologies for the sector to quantify the industry's own emissions/energy use.

The most significant of these efforts are now delivering their results and the ICT industry has reached some major international agreements over the past couple of weeks, notably consent around the standards has been reached within the ITU and ETSI. Results from the IEC are expected later this year. The three organisations have actively collaborated to ensure consistency and compatibility between the standards. The Commission has closely followed these developments.

By end of 2011

Key ICT companies will start piloting the different available methodologies and test their coherence and compatibility. This would help to establish a coherent measurement framework for capturing footprints related to ICT in line with the DAE objectives. The practical testing of methodologies should facilitate their broad adoption by the industry.

In 2012

The Commission will evaluate the industry proposals and assess the need for legislation.

Contact:

colette.maloney@ec.europa.eu