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Tender for a study on metrics and methodologies in support of ICT policies for a low-carbon economy

The European Commission has issued a tender for a study on metrics and methodologies in support of information and communication technology (ICT) policies for a low-carbon economy. The European Council has set an objective of saving 20% of the EU's energy consumption compare...

The European Commission has issued a tender for a study on metrics and methodologies in support of information and communication technology (ICT) policies for a low-carbon economy. The European Council has set an objective of saving 20% of the EU's energy consumption compared with projections for 2020 and endorsed the target of 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. It is estimated that ICT-enabled improvements in other sectors could save about 15% of total carbon emissions by 2020. Significant ICT-enabled energy efficiency gains are expected to be achievable in the short term in buildings and construction, in transport logistics and energy end-use. The ICT sector can deliver simulation, modelling, analysis, monitoring and visualisation tools that are vitally needed to facilitate a whole building approach to the design and operation of buildings that takes into account the many factors that influence energy demand. However investments are hampered by the absence of a sector-wide reliable and transparent means of quantifying and tracking energy and cost savings over time, which ideally would form the basis of design strategies and tools. The work under this tender is divided into two lots: 'Metrics and methodologies related to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and energy end-use for 'social systems': cities and companies' and 'Metrics and methodologies for infrastructures: Smart-Grids'. Lot 1 deals with 'Metrics and methodologies related to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and energy end-use for 'social systems': cities and companies'. The purpose of the work is to identify, assess and organise methodologies and metrics whether currently in use or not relevant to the measurement, reporting and verification of energy use and/or GHG emissions in 2 types of social systems: cities and companies and present the resulting information in the form of a publishable user-friendly reference resource. Lot 2 concerns 'Metrics and methodologies for infrastructures: Smart-Grids'. The overall objective of this work can be summarised as follows: measuring the potential for energy savings and GHG emissions reductions from Smart Grids in an EU context.For further information, please contact: European Commission Information Society and Media DG Unit H4 - ICT for Sustainable Growth attention: Colette Maloney, Head of Unit avenue du Bourget 1-3 (BU 31 office 07/87) 1049 Brussels Belgium E-mail: infso-h4@ec.europa.eu To see the full details of the call, please consult: OJ No S157 of 14 August 2010