Did you know ICT solutions could help cut global greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 15 percent and save up to €600 billion ($750 billion) by 2020? That was a key statistic in the widely referenced SMART 2020 report issued in 2008 by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Now the initiative has announced a follow-up study titled ‘Evaluating the Carbon-Reducing Impacts of ICT’ that unveils methodology to evaluate the carbon-reducing potential of new ICT initiatives. The practical tool has been prepared by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on behalf of GeSI, with assistance from WSP Energy and Environmental. The report is the “how” of the SMART 2020 study.
As a member of the GeSI, Nokia Siemens Networks belonged to the Steering Committee of the study, providing valuable feedback for the methodology when it was being developed.
Practical tool to assess carbon emissions
The new analysis gives guidance on how to identify and quantify the potential benefits of an ICT solution. It aims to define a common yardstick for businesses, policy makers and the ICT industry to objectively assess carbon emissions savings arising from ICT-based solutions, such as smart motors, smart logistics, smart buildings, and smart power grids. The methodology is not confined to any particular industry sector. Illustrative real-life case studies, such as telecommuting, e-health delivery system and eco-driving software solution bring the methodology to life.
Smart energy for sustainable city living
ICT companies are increasingly using existing products, services and solutions across a vast number of exciting new ‘green’ projects.
The most recent examples include the creation of carbon neutral energy services in the Kalasatama district of Helsinki in cooperation with Helsingin Energia – a public utility of the City of Helsinki, ABB – the leading power and automation technology group and Nokia Siemens Networks. The companies will develop solutions to ensure excess power generated from renewable energy sources in the district can be fed back into the market; to enable electric vehicles to draw electricity from the grid.
The smart grid technology also enables the introduction of new customer focused services and real-time energy tariffs, while aiding Helsingin Energia in reducing its environmental footprint.
The study, entitled ‘Evaluating the Carbon-Reducing Impacts of ICT’, can be downloaded here. You can also find the case studies applying the methodology and a video presentation explaining the study results on the website.
This blog post is by Saara Rounaja from our communications team on sustainability. She is based in Espoo, Finland.