Innovative technologies are at the heart of the world’s ability to develop clean, renewable energy sources and to use less energy where we live and work. Whether through the development of next-generation batteries or high-end computers that rely on less power to operate, through new approaches to recycling e-waste or by creating more effective ways to reduce our energy footprint, technology holds the key to energy independence.
Experts have found that information and communications technology (ICT) equipment represents approximately two percent of the world’s energy consumption and climate footprint – a number that likely will grow as the global population expands and as new in-demand technologies are introduced. Engineers inside ITI’s members work every day to make ICT devices and production processes more energy efficient, what the Japanese call “Green of ICT”. This is evident from our companies’ leadership in voluntary energy efficiency programs like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.
At the same time, research by the American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and others has shown how ICTs have helped improve the energy efficiency of other sectors of the economy, with an ACEEE report stating, “For every extra kilowatt-hour of electricity that has been demanded by ICT, the U.S. economy increased its overall energy savings by a factor of about 10… The extraordinary implication of this finding is that ICT provide a net savings of energy across the economy.” The Climate Group’s Smart 2020 reports and case studies have demonstrated that there are even greater gains to be made through the development of smart public policies that enable a greater solutions role for ICT. Smart grids, smart logistics, intelligent transportations systems, telework and other ICT-based technologies can make a huge difference as we seek to broaden access to sustainable energy. The Japanese call this “Green by ICT”.
ITI is committed to advancing policies that will strengthen energy security and global competitiveness while fostering long-term sustainable economic growth. We believe ICT innovations will be essential to achieving the sustainability and growth targets that governments have established for themselves, and yet there remain barriers to realizing the full potential of ICTs. ITI is determined to help governments identify and remove these barriers.
Engagement in the US: Through our initiative the Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC), ITI brings together members of industry with the NGO community to advance policies that drive sustainable economic growth through ICT-enabled energy efficiency and sustainability innovation across the federal government and US economy. We engage with the White House, federal agencies, and the Congress to ensure that together we can successfully tap the potential of ICT to contribute to future security, sustainability and competitiveness. ITI also works proactively with the U.S. E.P.A. as an active partner in and advisor to the ENERGY STAR program.
Engagement Globally: ITI and our member companies work across the globe to enable the messaging of DESSC to reach overseas governments. This includes our active support for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (link), and other efforts to better unleash the power of ICT to enable future energy efficiency and sustainability. We also actively seek to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to exports of ICT-enabled smart energy and sustainability solutions, to include greater convergence in government labeling, testing, certification, and reporting requirements, and global convergence in government energy efficiency regulation consistent with certain guiding principles
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