Assessing the potential of ICT to increase energy efficiency and fight climate change – key technologies and prospects

Project description

In order to combat climate change the EU has set the aim of 20% reduction of CO2 emissions until 2020. This aim seems only achievable if a reduction in energy consumption supported by energy efficient technologies takes place. In principle, many innovative technologies are strongly linked with ICT applications. The impact of ICT on energy efficiency/GHG emissions has two different aspects. On the one hand, ICT is discussed as a technology that enables an increase in energy efficiency, a reduction of energy consumption as well as a reduction of GHG emissions in general. On the other hand, ICT (including consumer electronics) has become a significant energy consumer itself.

This STOA project aims at assessing the net impact of ICT on energy efficiency/GHG emissions on the basis of data available in the literature and in technical documents. Technical potentials for improving this net impact will be discussed in a systematic way. Results will be validated by external experts. The main focus will be on energy efficiency and energy consumption, but other sectors will be regarded as well.


Dipl.-Geogr. Jens Schippl
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-23994