Assessing the potential of ICT to increase energy efficiency and fight climate change – key technologies and prospects
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.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
Tel.: +49 721 608-23994