REViSITE ITU ‘Green Standard Week’

September 2011 Rome Italy – the REViSITE project had the distinct pleasure of participating in ‘GREEN STANDARDS WEEK’ organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hosted by Telecom Italia Spa and supported by the European Commission.

The event attracted a very high-level of participation, including Mr. Paolo Romani Italian Minister of Economic Development, Ms. Jasna Matic Serbian State Secretary for the Digital Agenda, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu Ghanaian Minister of Communications, Mohamed Jamil A. Mulla Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes and the CEO’s of Telecom Italia and Huawei.

Delegates at the weeklong conference openly discussed strategies to combat climate change, E-waste and lagging energy efficiency targets. The event represented a highly-relevant opportunity to present the REViSITE framework and to discuss with delegates the pressing need to focus on ‘direct’ and ‘enabling’ environmental impact of the ICT sector.

Keith Ellis from Intel presented, on behalf of REViSITE, in Session 1: Energy Efficiency / Carbon Reduction: Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Potential Using ICTs. The project was well received and approximately a dozen delegates subsequently inquired regarding further information, amongst which were ITU-T, Climate Associates and CEDARE (Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe) representatives.

Although, a side-track to the main REViSITE objective of Research Agenda development, the event offered the unique prospect to discuss, with Malcom Johnson, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau and Ahmed Zeddam chairman of the ITU-T SG5, the inclusion of the REViSITE framework as a potentially useful ‘test-case’ in the context of SG5 development of ‘a common methodology for assessing the environmental impact of ICT’.

In short, the week offered opportunity to court potential REViSITE community members, to further impress the importance of a cross-sectorial approach to ICT4EE and to discuss the need for interoperability and standards specifically in the context of the built environment and its interface to other energy intensive sectors namely energy grids and manufacturing. It is hoped this engagement will result in additional inputs to upcoming REViSITE work on Research Agenda development but more specifically with regard to standards recommendations in Deliverable D3.4.

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REViSITE participation at the ‘ITU Green Standards Week’

The ITU Standards Week will be held in Rome, Italy from September 5th to the 9th. The event, is supported by the EC and organized by the International Telecommunication Union together with Telecom Spa, and will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
Representing REViSITE will be Keith Ellis (INTEL) and Antonio Feraco (INNOVA).
REViSITE involvement centers on two objectives:
1. Dissemination of the importance, the objectives and results of REViSITE and in that regard Keith Ellis will address session 1: Energy Efficiency – Carbon Reduction: Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Potential Using ICTs, on the afternoon of the 6th
2. Enlargement of the REViSITE Community by inviting / involving standards experts in future project activities, which will be the focus of Antonio Feraco.

The first three days of the ITU Conference will focus on the following topics:
• September 5th: Workshop on ‘Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT’ will examine work underway to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change and how to standardize the way to calculate the reduction of GHG that ICTs have. This Workshop will be jointly organized by ITU and the European Commission.
• September 6th: ‘High Level Segment’ will provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry with an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to Durban (COP-17), and
• September 6th – 8th: Workshop on ‘Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards’ will explore how ICTs can help to address climate change, promote energy efficiency and build a green economy, shedding light on standards, policies and best practices. This Workshop will be jointly organized by ITU and Telecom Italia.

The ITU Green Standards Week represents a valuable opportunity to engage with a pool of prominent and relevant experts in terms of REViSITE community development, activities and outcomes.

An important step for exploring cross-relationships amongst different views of energy efficiency: outcomes from EUSEW 2011 (April 2011)

The workshop ‘Synthesis from the REViSITE project: Bridging ICT4EE R&D approaches and communities, a challenge for FP8’ has taken place on 14th April 2011 in Brussels.

Several experts showed interest in the event that has been the first common round table among the wide themes of smart grids, smart manufacturing, smart lighting, smart building, smart logistic, life cycle of product and processes and the overall complexity of the energy efficiency measurement and management. The event has been possible thanks to the support of the following projects: ComplexEnergy, DEMI and Logistic 4 Life.

It has been made clear how challenging is the way towards energy efficiency!

Next steps are forthcoming and new round tables and on-line consultations are envisaged, the whole REViSITE Cross-Sectoral Community is invited to participate in them.

Should you be interested in being active part of the REViSITE Cross-Sectoral Community, please connect to the page http://www.revisite.eu/community.html and follow the instructions.

The presentation slides are available for download here:

Europe disappoints Barroso on energy efficiency (January 2011)

In his talk of 5th January in Brussels, president of European Commission Jose Manuel Durao Barroso highlighted the importance that energy and innovation will have in the next European Council: these are two of the priority growth-enhancing sectors on which European states will put great efforts.

‘I see energy policy as the next great European integration project’ said Barroso. Indeed three are the priorities on which Europe will be called to deliberate: the implementation of the internal market of energy, the creation of missing infrastructure links and the removal of all the barriers to a truly European energy market.

President Barroso recalled Member States to their duty about energy efficiency: even if some results have been reached in the research of renewable sources, few progresses have been made on energy efficiency. ‘Since our best source of energy is in fact energy efficiency, and also considering the prices of energy, – Barroso said – I think it is important from all points of view to achieve real progress of energy efficiency very soon. I would like to see the European Council agree on concrete measures to reach the 20% target by 2020’.

On this subject EC president has emphasized the following five priorities:

  • a strong energy policy as key to competitiveness, sustainable growth and security
  • an internal market in energy as an asset
  • building the European Union’s new energy infrastructure
  • make decisive progress on energy efficiencyan effective and united European approach in terms of external energy policy

More details available here

REViSITE engages with ICT4EE experts in a ‘Vision Validation Workshop’, January 2011

The REViSITE project has successfully held its second expert workshop at the headquarters of VTT in Helsinki. The ICT4EE cross-sectoral vision was presented and several added-value feedback was gained from a panel of 10 experts from across the ICT for Energy Efficiency community. The expert panel was drawn from a wide range of academic institutions, partially covering the list of participant to the research centres and companies from across Europe including:

  • Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
  • Energy Technologies Institute, United Kingdom
  • Fujitsu, Germany
  • Philips Lighting, Netherlands
  • Uninova, Portugal
  • Labor Srl, Italy
  • Advantic Sistemas y Servicios, Spain
  • Bio Intelligence Service S.A.S., France
  • Mainstream Renewable Power, Ireland

Feedback from the panel will be used in refining the approach to the ICT4EE cross-sectoral vision

European Union Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW 2011

Between 11 and 15 April 2011 hundreds of events organised in all parts of Europe will show, promote, discuss and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable energy. Be a part of it!

Furthermore the European Institutions, associates of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, and other important players in the field will organise a series of events in Brussels during the EUSEW. These will include a 3-day policy conference organised by the European Commission from 12-14 April 2011. This will also include the annual Awards Ceremony on 12 April 2011.

More details available at: http://www.eusew.eu/

SAP releases white paper on SmartGrids

White Paper Presented to European Energy Commissioner and Kicks Off Panel Discussion on Smart Grid Rollout: ‘There are few transformations driven by information and communication technologies (ICT) that are as promising as ‘smart grids’ in meeting Europe’s urgent energy challenges’

SAP has released in public a white paper on Smart Grids titled ‘Smart Grids for Europe: Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices’ during an event 25 Jan 2011.

The press release: http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=14655

Direct link to the white paper: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47461006/12036-NM-Smart-Grids-for-Europe-En