EcoDev participated to the Policy Dialogue: De-carbonising the EU economy The ICT factor, organised by the European Policy Centre, Brussels.
The keynote speaker of the Dialogue was Mr. Jos Delbeke, Director General of the DG Climate Action of the European Commission. Mr. Delbeke said 195 nations agreed to limit global warming to below two degrees above pre-industrial levels, through a system of regular reporting on the progress on their climate pledges – their Intended Nationally Determine Contributions (INDCs).
Mr. Delebeke was speaking at the 23 May launch of a study into the role of ICT in reducing carbon emissions in the EU.
The research highlighted how ICT can help fight climate change and promoting growth and prosperity across the EU.
ICT has the potential to reduce 37% of the EU’s total emissions, equivalent to planting 500m hectares of trees or 65% of the landmass of Australia, in 2030;
Enabled by ICT would be close to 19 times greater than its own emissions;
ICT stands to generate new revenue of €678 billion and cost savings of €643 billion including savings of €442 billion through e-Learning or remote health solutions;
€236 billion in additional ICT revenues generated through new products and services and increased use of ICT and related services.
Despite the benefits of ICT, Delbeke warned that there were limits to what changes the European Commission could force to ensure its potential was fully exploited.
The Dialogue was followed by a panel discussion with: Mr. Larry Stone, President, Group Public & Government Affair, BT, Mr. Justin Keeble, Managing Director, Sustainability Services, Accenture Strategy, Mr. Folker Franz, Head of EU Public Affairs, ABB, Mr. Martin Porter, Executive Director, Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness, Ms. Federica Bordelot, Policy Advisor, EUROCITIES and Ms. Annika Hedberg, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre.