There is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to become energy efficient and sustainable. ICT industry accounts for approximately 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, a figure equivalent to aviation (Gartner 2007). According to researchers from Dresde University, in 2030 internet may consume as much electricity as all human kind in 2008, but we are still in time to turn the tables as ICT can save up to €600 billion & decrease 15% of carbon emissions in 2020 by becoming energy efficient (The Climate Group).
With the term "ICT energy management" we mean monitoring, controlling and reducing energy consumption, improving the overall energy efficiency and allowing many benefits for your ICT company, such as energy cost reduction and lower levels of carbon footprint. Nowadays, more than ever, there is a pressing need for the European ICT sector to become energy efficient and sustainable but despite this only a few players are aware of the existence of ICT standards on carbon footprints, have the knowledge to interpret them and the financial resources to implement them.
However, a sensible energy management is now possible also for small SMEs as well as scientists and researchers, as they can fully benefit from the free, fast online self-assessment tool for ICT services offered by European Project ICTFOOTPRINT.eu. The Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services, known as SAT-S, is a useful, free, quick and easy-to-use tool to calculate the carbon footprint of ICT services as well as to understand how to act to decrease the energy consumption. The tool is a first attempt to provide ICT-intensive organisations with a practical tool to position their ICT services footprint.
On 12th May, ICTFOOTPRINT.eu participated at REMOO Conference & Workshop in Venice (Italy), an annual international event that brings together experts, researchers, industry leaders and investors from countries all over the world, to meet and exchange knowledge, insights and experiences on multi-and cross disciplinary aspects of energy.
During its presentation on “Online Self-Assessment - Tool for Energy & Environmental Efficiency in the ICT Sector”, based on a scientific paper jointly submitted by authors from Trust-IT Services and Deloitte Sustainability, ICTFOOTPRINT.eu's representatives presented the SAT-S (Self-Assessment Tool for ICT Services) for the first time to an international audience who showed interest and discussed about potential application of the tool within different sectors.
How does the SAT-S work?
The SAT-S tool was developed based on a simplified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) loosely based on Standard Methodologies, mainly from Green House Gas Protocol and ETSI. It's user interface includes a guided questionnaire, providing optional insights about the calculations and giving the user a customised report about their ICT service’s primary energy values and carbon footprint. The report also includes intuitive equivalents to trigger interest and take action. The tool was built on the expertise of Deloitte Sustainability in the field of sustainability consulting, and on Trust-IT Services’ experience in developing solutions for the ICT sector, namely for cloud computing, future internet, big data and research infrastructures.
ICTFOOTPRINT.eu is currently working on an evolution of the tool: SAT-O, a Self-Assessment Tool for Organizations, will allow users to calculate their overall ICT carbon footprint due to the digital services provided & used by the organisations without compromising the simplicity of the user face.