23 May 2009   |   12 pages

Computing the Energy Problem (PDF)

In May 2009, a Brussels seminar examined the potential of computers to save energy – and the obstacles to realising that potential.

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Foresight in technology is vital to policy-makers – and with that in mind, this high-level policy symposium, entitled “Enabling the Green Citizen”, was a brain-storming policy session among a select gathering of technology and policy leaders in industry, academia and the EU institutions – and a prelude to the global Copenhagen conference on climate change in December. During the course of the afternoon, the meeting discussed the latest research on the application of ICT towards better environmental management in energy distribution, building construction, transport and other sectors – in short, smart energy management and carbon control – and the impact of these developments on policy, and the new growth opportunities they could provide Europe’s ICT industry.