ICTs TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE Ignacio Vila Barber *, Javier Turégano Gómez * corresponding author: ivila@invate.es 1. Contex...
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Poster WEC 2011

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According to a well-argued, climate change "has to be considered as the biggest
market failure the world has ever known before. There is scientific consensus that the world has a little
time to deal with increased emissions of greenhouse gases and climate change. The aim of this paper is
to promote the implementation of new Information Technology companies in order to get a grip on
consumption and energy efficiency in industrial sectors that make up the business. At the present time,
we thought it needed to boost the use of ICTs as a powerful tool for the preservation of the
environment and educate both employees and employers in using them to build a new business
network aware and directed toward sustainable economy. We believe that the ICT sector can play an
important role in reducing carbon emissions. Information technologies have the potential to reduce
overall carbon emissions by 15% by 2020, this 15% is between five and ten times the energy they
consume. We consider four main areas in which the application of ICT has enormous potential in
reducing harmful emissions and create a relief for the health of the planet: Motor systems, Logistics,
Buildings and Grids.

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Poster WEC 2011

  1. 1. ICTs TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE Ignacio Vila Barber *, Javier Turégano Gómez * corresponding author: ivila@invate.es 1. Context 2. Objectives According to a well-argued, climate change "has to be considered as the biggest To promote the implementation of new Information Technologies in order to get a grip on market failure the world has ever known before. There is a scientific consensus that the consumption and energy efficiency in industrial sectors that make up the business. We world has a little time to deal with increased emissions of greenhouse gases and thought it needed to boost the use of ICTs as a powerful tool for the preservation of the climate change. We can not err on this issue because, if we are wrong, employment environment and educate both employees and employers in using them to build a new and prosperity would not be the only aspects that will be threatened but also the ability business network aware and directed toward sustainable economy. of human beings continue to live comfortably in our planet. 3. Methodology To get things moving forward, we consider four main areas in which the application of ICT has enormous potential in reducing harmful emissions: Motor systems, Logistics, Buildings, Grids. Through standards, monitoring and accounting tools and rethinking and optimizing how we live and work, ICT could be one crucial piece of the overall transformation to a low carbon economy. We believe that the ICT sector can play an important role to achieve these savings. 3.1 Standardise, Account, Monitor ICT can provide information in standard forms on energy consumption and emissions, across sectors. ICT can incorporate monitoring information into the design and control for energy use. ICT can provide the capabilities and platforms to improve accountability of energy and carbon. 3.2 Rethink ICT can offer innovations that capture energy efficiency opportunities across buildings/homes, transport, power, manufacturing and other infrastructure and provide alternatives to current ways of operating, learning, living, working and travelling. 3.3 Transform ICT can apply smart and integrated approaches to energy management of systems and processes, including benefits from both automation and behaviour change and develop alternatives to high carbon activities, across all sectors of the economy. 4. Results By implementing several ITC actions we ensure a responsible energy use in order to warranty a better future to our planet. To do so we strongly recommend solutions such as: Monitoring of energy consumption and energy savings, Transfer of energy consumption data to local and central governments for regulatory compliance, Reverse logistics to allow the back-loading of vehicles on the network and for the return of unsold/damaged goods to the supplier, Remote building and grid management.5. PerspectivesIt found that ICT could reduce global carbon emissions by 7.8 GtCO2e by 2020 (from an assumed total of 51.9 GtCO2e if we remain on a BAU(business as usual), an amount five times larger than its own carbon footprint. Savings from avoided electricity and fuel consumption would reach600 billion ($946.5 billion), once again showing that tackling climate change is not only good for the climate but good for the economy. We believethat ICT will be a key player in the fight against climate change. Acknowledgements: Our deepest thanks to the Professional Association of Industrial Engineers of the Valencian Region, who shared important information, allowing that this article was written.

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