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Cloud computing and the urgent mission of green ICT

March 15th, 2016

By Dr. Burak Kantarci, 15 March 2016

Green ICT is a global imperative that must be pursued with urgency. Everyone involved in information and telecommunications technology – including cloud computing – must take it into account in their work going forward. The concept recognises the limits of our historic focus on performance and how today’s trends, if they continue, will rapidly become unsustainable.  We have no choice but to rethink how we modify and interact with existing systems and how we design new systems if ICT is to continue to serve our increasingly digitised society. We will need exponentially greater energy efficient advancements in nearly every aspect of ICT.

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GreenICT Special Report in The Institute

March 9th, 2016

Read All About It!!
The March 2016 edition of The Institute, the member newspaper of the IEEE, includes a Special Report on Green ICT and this Initiative. Several members and projects in this space have been highlighted.

IEEE OnlineGreenComm 2015 Conference

November 11th, 2015

November 11-12, 2015 - IEEE OnlineGreenComm 2015 highlights the next wave of smart grid, sustainability, networking and green technologies and solutions designed to reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  Held entirely online, anyone can access the event's content-rich sessions from anywhere, home or office!


New for 2015, check out a livestream panel discussion from Dublin, Ireland about the future of the Internet and Smart Cities. The IEEE ISTAS Conference will simulcast their final session on 12 November to IEEE OnlineGreenComm attendees.


GreenICT Steering Committee members Jaafar Elmirghani, Louise Krug and Kerry Hinton are panelists.

ICT industry tackles growth in CO2 emissions

September 9th, 2015

ICT industry tackles growth in CO2 emissions
By Jaafar Elmirghani, Co-Chair, IEEE Green ICT Initiative

The rise of information and communications technology (ICT) and its astonishing growth has created an urgent challenge to our industry’s energy consumption and resulting emissions.
Recent studies show that the ICT industry today is generating approximately 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, comparable to the worldwide aviation industry. This snapshot alone should be a wake-up call. But the sharp growth curve forecast for ICT-based emissions is truly alarming and far outpaces aviation. ICT is forecast to account for about 4 percent of global CO2 emissions in just five years.

Professor Jaafar Elmirghani wins the GreenTouch 1000x

June 20th, 2015

Professor Jaafar Elmirghani, Chair in Communication Networks and Systems, Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems​, University of Leeds, was awarded the GreenTouch 1000x award on June 18th, 2015​ at the GreenTouch 5 Years celebration in New York. The GreenTouch 1000x Award is given out biannually to a GreenTouch member for "leadership in the creation, the organization and the promotion of the GreenTouch consortium and pioneering research contributions to the field of energy efficiency in telecommunications".

The GreenTouch consortium is showcasing its final results

June 12th, 2015

The GreenTouch consortium is showcasing its final results with respect to its goal, established five years ago, of improving the energy efficiency of communications and data networks by a factor of 1000. Please consult

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) releases the new SMARTer2030 report

June 12th, 2015

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) releases the new SMARTer2030 report:

In 2008, GeSI launched the first report of its SMART series, the SMART2020, followed by SMARTer2020 in 2012. Now in 2015, the SMARTer2030 report has been launched with the aim to extend the horizon to 2030 and to look at ICT-enabled sustainability from a holistic point of view.

The new IEEE Green ICT initiative web portal is now live

June 10th, 2015

The new IEEE Green ICT initiative web portal is now live!