BIO Intelligence Service conducted a study for the DG INFSO to evaluate how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) may contribute to improving the energy efficiency of the European Union’s economy by 2020.
The main objectives were to analyse the ways in which the ICT industry can reduce its own environmental impact, and how using ICT within different industrial and commercial sectors, such as the building, energy and services industries, can make it possible to achieve energy savings. The study also examined the role of ICT in the development of dematerialisation.
In particular, the results of the study demonstrated that dematerialisation, achieved mainly through teleworking and videoconferencing, could make it possible to reduce the European Union’s total electricity consumption by 0.8%. The study also identified the actions necessary for achieving these “eco-scenarios”.
BIO was then able to draft recommendations for the various sectors affected, in order to optimise the ICT industry’s contributions to improving energy efficiency.
Read the executive summary of the report: Study of the impacts of ICT on energy efficiency