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FP7 ICT Advisory Group: Working Group on "ICT and Sustainability (including Energy and Environment)" Version 12a, 4th April 2008

Funded under: FP7-ICT


Sustainable development is key for our future. At the 2007 Spring European Council, Heads of State and government adopted an energy and climate package to guide the EU towards a competitive and secure energy supply while promoting energy savings and climate-friendly energy sources. Concrete targets in the package are:
- Reduction of GHG emissions in the order of 20% by 2020 compared to 1990
- 20% for renewable energy sources by 2020 compared to the present 6,5%
- Saving 20% of the EU's energy consumption compared to projections for 2020
On 23rd January 2008, the European Commission agreed on a far-reaching package of concrete measures that are proposed to deliver the European Council's commitments. The measures demonstrate that the targets agreed last year to fight climate change and reduce the energy-intensity of our society are technologically and economically possible and provide a unique business opportunity for thousands of European companies.
In December 2007, representatives of over 180 countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference adopted the "Bali Roadmap" which charts the course for a new negotiating process to be concluded by 2009 that will ultimately lead to a post-2012 (post-Kyoto) international agreement on climate change. The EU is playing a leading role and has the best opportunity to reap the benefits.
This global political and societal context has profound consequences for practically all European citizens, and ICT has an important role to play into it. Next generation ICT will have to support the targets for lower carbon emissions not only with new ultra low power consumption ICT devices and equipments but mainly through advanced ICT monitoring and control services and solutions enabling to improve energy efficiency across the economy (e.g. smart buildings, smart grids, manufacturing, transport).

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