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  • Putting the ‘Smart’ in the Green Economy A perspective from the European Commission…. Dr. Colette Maloney Head of Unit ICT for Sustainable Growth Information Society and Media Directorate-General European Commission
  • EU POLICY OBJECTIVES 3 TARGETS FOR 2020 1.  20% reduction in EU GHG emissions below 1990 levels 2.  20% renewable resources for EU energy consumption 3.  20% reduction in Primary Energy use compared with projected levels, to be achieved by improving Energy Efficiency
  • a smart green economy •  Smart buildings, smart grids, smart cities, … enabled by ICT - data and information - control and automation - dematerialisation Key issues: - how do we measure the benefits? - how to avoid negative spillover? View slide
  • EC Recommendation October 2009 •  If we cannot measure and compare data – we are flying blind •  ICT sector has committed to developing a common framework for measuring the energy and carbon footprint of its entire operations •  ICT4EE Forum launched by the industry in February 2010 View slide
  • Policy Context ● In Europe 80% of the population lives in cities ● 50% of CO2 is produced in cities ● 80% of energy is consumed in cities Cities are an ideal test bed for innovative solutions addressing climate change - in particular the 3 targets for 2020
  • Policy in the ‘pipeline’: The European Smart Cities Initiative –  Main Objective: Bring 25 to 30 cities to the forefront of the three European targets for 2020 –  Sub- objectives: •  Take up of energy efficient Technologies by 5% of EU population •  Reduce 40% of GHG emitted by 2020 •  Effective spread across Europe –  Main components: buildings, energy networks and transport (SET-plan Roadmap on Low Carbon Energy Technologies) –  Budget (tbc): between 10-12B € for a period of 2010-2020
  • Policy Example Green Digital Charter Launched November 2009 - so far 21 big cities signed up - Intercity partnership on ICT and energy efficiency by 2011 - 5 large ICT pilots per city by 2015 - 30% reduction in their ICT footprint by 2020
  • To devise and implement European policy on Sustainable Cities in particular via ICT Funding to public and private Research to support RTD on ICT systems for Sustainable Cities Funding to public authorities together with technology companies to deploy ICT solutions for Sustainable Cities
  • Putting the ‘Smart’ in the Green Economy Key points to remember before you start •  Adopt a systemic approach –  Look at the overall ‘green’ effort .. not just your project –  Be coherent and coordinate on definition of targets –  Identify and pre-empt risks of rebound and leakages effects –  Approach every initiative as one building block of the future green economy
  • Putting the ‘Smart’ in the Green Economy Key points to remember before you start Adopt a future-proof approach both in ownership structure and technology choices –  Ensure that systems and structures you choose today are compatible with /conducive to expected developments •  such as growth in Distributed Generation, Micro-generation, Micro grids and more Renewable energy sources –  Ensure that your solution and structure can adapt to future energy savings objectives ( Post 2020 - 2050 ) and evolving demand
  • Putting the ‘Smart’ in the Green Economy Key points to remember before you start Don’t buy Greenwash •  GREENWASH : unsubstantiated, unverifiable claims •  GREENFACTS : Data from trusted source, units and baseline allowing for comparison Measure progress towards ‘Green Targets’ •  Wherever possible define specific concrete measurable ‘green’ targets and avoid monetary units •  Ensure that the framework, procedures and resources are in place to collect the evidence •  Identify and apply the most relevant and up to date approach to measurement •  Keep an eye on evolving methodologies and standards for measurement, evaluations at EU and International Level
  • Thank you for your attention! Questions?