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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social [...], Addressing the challenge of energy efficiency through Information and Communication Technologies, COM(2008) 241 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, Addressing the challenge of energy efficiency through Information and Communication Technologies, COM(2008) 241 final
At the 2007 Spring European Council, the Heads of State and Government highlighted the development of a sustainable integrated European climate and energy policy as a top priority and adopted an energy and climate package to guide the EU towards a competitive and secure energy economy while promoting energy savings and climate-friendly energy sources. Europe faces three main challenges in this field - tackling climate change, guaranteeing secure, sustainable and competitive energy, and making the European economy a model for sustainable development in the 21st century.
The resolve of the European Council to transform Europe into a low-carbon, high energyefficiency economy means that the continued growth of the European economy, essential to achieve full employment and inclusion, needs to be decoupled from energy consumption. The current trends are unsustainable. Indeed, if nothing were to change, final energy consumption in the EU is predicted to increase up to 25% by 2012, with a substantial rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have an important role to play in reducing the energy intensity and increasing the energy efficiency of the economy, in other words, in reducing emissions and contributing to sustainable growth. In order to achieve the ambitious targets set and meet the challenges ahead, Europe needs to ensure that ICT-enabled solutions are available and fully deployed.

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Record Number: 9197 / Last updated on: 2008-07-17
Category: COM DOCUMENT