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 so far?

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 industry have started working on a coherent way to assess the ICT sector's potential to lead to energy savings in other sectors.

Moreover, the Commission launched the Smart Cities and Communities initiative in July 2012 to facilitate integrated approaches across sectors such as buildings, transport and energy.