Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations for smart grids, green cities

Europe is moving in fits and starts towards recovery from the recent economic crisis and “green” technologies are seen as a key catalyst in that recovery process, including more widespread leverage of information and communications technologies in climate-friendly energy solutions. Current smart grid, smart building and green city initiatives can not only generate investments needed to stimulate recovery, but also provide long-term, low-carbon energy solutions needed for the next decades.

This EPC Working Paper by Peter Johnston and Waldo Vanderhaeghen, is very timely as it gives concrete proposals of how ICT can play a key role in making Europe a more energy-efficient, low-carbon economy, as outlined in the Europe 2020 Strategy. The report says critical ICT infrastructures are needed, for example for carbon-accounting or a ‘smart power grid’, outlines the innovations ICT could introduce in transport, logistics, smart buildings and green cities, and argues that the EU needs a coherent framework to bring together its initiatives for smart green growth.

The working paper, from the European Policy Centre, can be read in PDF here.

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