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Tender Specifications, Official Journal 2007/S 68-082361 of 06/04/2007, Impacts of ICT on Energy Efficiency

Funded under: FP7-ICT


In June 2006, European Heads of State adopted the renewed sustainable development strategy, with a wider partnership with the business community and civil society. The seven key challenges identified, including energy efficiency, are heavily dependent on ICTs for their successful resolution. The top priority is to tackle climate change through increased energy efficiency and a shift to a "low-carbon" economy, with sustainable transport, production and consumption, and management of natural resources.
In October 2006, the European Commission proposed an "Energy-efficiency Action Plan" aiming to cut energy-use by 20% by 2020, while sustaining economic growth. On 10 January 2007 the European Commission presented a proposal for a new EU Energy strategy aiming greater share of renewables and bio fuels, energy savings, and reduction of green house emissions by 2020: "An energy policy for Europe", together with a proposal on limiting global climate change to 2 degree Celsius.
Previous initiatives had already being published, as in 2005 addressing requirements for energy-using products and being applicable to the whole ICT sector. The first of such improvements relate to the energy-performance of equipment, based on the comprehensive set of EU labelling, energy-use and eco-design Directives.
The first year review of the i2010 initiative, "A European Information Society for Growth and Employment"5, links to the work on energy and mentions that to address the new challenges the Commission is now working on a comprehensive approach and a flagship initiative on ICTs for sustainable growth will be launched.
Two other programmes supporting energy efficiency are already in place: "Intelligent Energy Europe 2" within the CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) and the energy component of the 7th Framework programme for research and technological development.

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Record Number: 8483 / Last updated on: 2007-04-18
Category: SUPP
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