The Carbon Intent Project - Using ICT to reduce CO2

Presented by

Toby Abbott; Head of Sustainable Energy at The Hannover Consultancy

About this talk

The ICT sector has two major roles to play in the future carbon dioxide emissions scenarios in the UK. Increased use of ICT equipment requires large amounts of electricity and as such is responsible directly for increased carbon dioxide emissions. However, ICT equipment can be used to enable the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions across many sectors. The ‘Carbon Intent’ project, planned as a long term contribution to UK carbon reduction, has been created by The Communications Management Association (The CMA) for the benefit of corporate users of ICT throughout the UK. Its ultimate purpose is to provide an independent source of information for the adoption of carbon-efficient, ICT-enabled business processes. The initial report, due to be published in May 2009, is part of a phased approach and acts as a pilot study investigating the role that two modern working practices facilitated by ICT, homeworking and teleconferencing, play in reducing CO2 emissions through decreased energy consumption and business travel. The project was conceived in two parts. First was a review of existing academic, analyst and ICT vendor-sponsored research into the effects of homeworking and teleconferencing. Second the project research team worked alongside ICT professionals from within various user corporations operating in different sectors to develop a set of clear case studies relating to current practice in carbon saving. The output is a set of top-level guidelines to help organisations understand how teleconferencing and homeworking will impact their carbon footprint. This presentation by The Hannover Consultancy, the independent sustainability consultancy commissioned to carry out the study, will look at the findings and guidelines that have arisen from the pilot project.

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