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Action 70: Support partnerships between the ICT sector and major emitting sectors

Support partnerships between the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector and major emitting sectors (e.g. buildings and construction, transport and logistics, energy distribution) to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of these sectors by 2013.

What is the problem? ICT's potential to reduce other sector's energy and carbon footprints not exploited

The ICT sector claims that the deployment of its technologies can lead to increased energy efficiency and a 15% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions across the economy. This potential is currently not being exploited and the basis for these claims needs to be clarified.

Why is EU Action required? Build partnerships across sectors to improve energy efficiency

The lack of transparency regarding metrics and methodologies constitutes a barrier to the deployment of these technologies. The ICT sector should work with the buildings and construction, transport and logistics, and energy sectors to identify where potential lies and agree on a consistent approach to quantifying the enabling effect of ICTs at European level. This would drive the take-up of such solutions and avoid fragmentation.

What has the Commission done until now?

How much can ICT save in other sectors: a cooperation network between around 40 pilots in the CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) was created to work on a methodology for measuring the concrete benefits of ICT solutions deployed in buildings. The European Commission has launched an initiative (NICE) to accompany this in a structured manner. At the same time the European Commission, standardisation organisations and the industry have started working on a coherent way to assess the ICT sector's potential to lead to energy savings in other sectors.

What will the Commission do?

Smart Cities will be the framework within which the European Commission will support partnerships between the ICT, buildings, energy and transport sectors. The European Commission will support the piloting of realistic solutions that take a comprehensive and integrated approach. Increased clarity around measurement of the benefits of ICT will remain a priority. Within this context joint roadmaps for large scale deployment of ICT solutions will be established.