Worldwide “Green IT” has been recognised as a major condition to achieve CO2 emission reduction targets. This concerns both the energy efficiency of ICT and ICT infrastructure (Greening OF IT) and the opportunities to deploy ICT as an enabler to develop new, “smart” solutions for a more energy efficient society (Greening BY IT).
For instance ICT consumes up to 8% or even more of a city’s electricity and this number is increasing due to steadily growth in the ICT sector. In a number of cities and regions energy consumption of ICT has been singled out for a range of policies to become more energy efficient and to introduce the use of renewable energy.
The overall objective of GreenITNet is to explore, develop and spread industry-specific knowledge within the field of green IT (E.g. Smart grids, Mobility and virtualisation). The project´s aim is to collect good practises and policies on the essential role of energy efficient ICT used in the participating regions and to scatter the use of these to reduce the CO2 emissions in this sector. This will be possible through a collaboration between partners, companies, scientists and policy makers within the participating regions.
One of the objectives of GreenITnet is a to establish a networking site to increase the cooperation among scientist, companies and policy makers that are all crucial to stimulate the ICT sector to become greener and more environmental friendly. This objective will be one of the most extensive for Cluster 55° where we will supply with our skills and knowledge in this field.
The project is carried out in collaboration between partners from:
Latvia (Riga City Council)
Sweden (Lund University / Cluster 55°)
Netherlands (Green IT Amsterdam Region)
Italy (Municipality of Rome)
Spain (Chamber of Commerce Barcelona)
United Kingdom (Manchester City Council)
Malta (Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency)
Slovenia (BSC, Business support centre, l.t.d., Kranj)
Poland (Regional Development Agency in Czestochowa)
Italy (City of Catania)
The project, starting the 1st of January 2012 and set to finish in December 2014, is funded with approx. 1,4 mio. € by the INTERREG IVC program as part of the European Development Fund.