EU legislation advancing ICT to green?

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


The importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for
society and economy has sharply increased during the last few decades. As a
consequence, this sector's energy consumption and emissions have risen, too.
However, ICT-enabled energy efficiency measures are expected to contribute to
a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by an astonishing 15 per cent. So Green
IT is an essential precondition for the implementation of sustainable climate and
energy policy targets. On the European Union level a set of Directives,
Regulations and Communications affects the impact of ICTs on sustainability.
This paper investigates the potentials and the effectivity of the present European
Union legislation in this respect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Impact II:
Editors Passerini, G., Brebbia, C.A.
Place of PublicationAshurst, Southhampton, UK, Boston USA
Pages479 - 490
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

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