The EIF breakfast debate held on 28 March examined the ways in which a transition to cloud-based computing could reduce the direct carbon emissions associated with ICT (per se) as well as ways in which increased use of ICT can reduce carbon emissions in other economic sectors.
Alice Valvodova (Global e-Sustainability Initiative) introduced two studies targeting ICT and carbon emissions: both her consortium's own Smart 2020 report (2007) as well as a new study being conducted by the Think Play Do Group. She highlighted the challenges of gaining market adoption of new, greener technologies and ways in which policymakers can help.
Jan Willem Boissevain (Logica) told the story of the Utrecht-based IBOR project which is a major upgrade in that cities infrastructure control system intended, among other goals, to reduce frivolous municipal energy consumption.
Rui Gomes (Hospital Fernando Fonseca) recounted the challenges of consolidating a major hospital's ICT infrastructure and moving it to a private cloud.See event