ITU Blog: ICTs use a lot of energy. What’s your organization’s ICT footprint?

Today’s digital transformation is said to have a positive effect on the environment, however, information and communication technologies (ICTs) require lots of energy. Today, almost 10% of all energy used and 4% of carbon emissions in the environment are calculated as coming from ICTs only.

Sustainability has become a key aspect of technological progress, but pushing on the accelerator of innovation without focusing on sustainable solutions is a short-sighted approach that just won’t work. And with the Fourth Industrial Revolution in its infancy, the demands of energy and resources for computing systems, networks and the supporting e-infrastructures are growing exponentially.

ICTFOOTPRINT.eu, the European framework initiative for energy and environmental efficiency in the ICT sector, supports all ICT-intensive organisations in improving their sustainability by reducing their environmental impact while also saving on expenses and becoming more competitive.

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