The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications
announced "An action programme for a green ICT sector
" 18 December 2013. Unfortunately I could only find the media release in English, not the actual plan. The plan is available in Finnish as "Vihreän ICT:n toimintaohjelma
", appended is an excerpt from a machine translation "Green ICT: Programme of Action
". The plan targets three areas: data
centres, telecommunications networks and audiovisual services.The third area concerns the energy impact of the change from watching broadcast TV to streamed video on computers.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications, the aim is to promote the material and energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from information and communication technology based products and services. More and more green ICT initiatives combining traditional communication and environmental policy. At present, green ICT key technologies seen as a greater use of communication tools, electronic services and improving energy efficiency.
Green ICT agenda is based on the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the strategic research, development and innovation policies for the period 2013-2015, as well as traffic environmental strategy for the years 2013-2020. The program seeks to establish a priority ICT infrastructure required for energy needs. In addition, the aim is cross-sectoral and research-based collaboration, which allows ICT's negative effects can be minimized.
The Action Plan includes three priority areas: energy efficiency, sustainable development and timely research. In addition, the program measures are shown in the first stage, data centers, telecommunications networks, and audio-visual services areas.
Green ICT Programme of Action is part of the communication policy älystrategiaa, Quartz program. Crystal-program is an essential part of continuous development principle. According to this principle in this action plan objectives and actions developed to meet the changes in the operating environment and practices. The progress of actions and the impact of monitored annually and the data are collected from the administrative sector, as well as other authorities and the research needs of the parties.
Table of contents
1 INTRODUCTION .. 3
2 PREPARATION OF THE ACTION .. 4
3 SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS .. 5
3.1 Focus 1 - Energy Efficiency .. 5
3.2 Focus 2 - Sustainable Development .. 5
3.3 Focus 3 - Updated research information .. 6
3.4 Measures to .. 6
4 GENERAL TRENDS AND CHANGES IN GREEN ICT .. 7
4.1 Climate change and other environmental impacts .. 7
4.1.1 Information society development and climate change .. 7
4.1.2 ICT and the environment interrelationship between .. 8
4.2 Information and communication technologies, increasing energy consumption .. 9
4.2.1 ICT ecosystem energy .. 9
4.2.2 ICT's energy consumption growth in the underlying factors 10
4.3 Digital service culture and green growth .. 13
4.3.1 Digital service culture .. 13
4.3.2 Green growth .. . 14
4.3.3 Reliable and fast service infrastructure for sustainable development
prerequisite .. 15
5 ACTION AREAS .. 16
5.1 The server centers .. 16
5.2 Telecommunication networks . .. 17
5.3 Audiovisual services .. 17
6 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION .. 18
7 FOLLOW-UP AND DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIAL .. 19
From: "Green ICT: Programme of Action" (machine translation) of Publication 34/2013, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, 12/13/2013, ISSN (online) 1795-4045, ISBN (online) 978-952-243-369-5, URN http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-243-369-5
Great to see that another Scandinavian country has formalised their Green ICT Action Plan. Denmark started its Green IT Plan back in 2008.
Action Plan for Green IT in Denmark
Action Plan for Green IT in Denmark. Published by: National IT- and Telecom Agency. National IT- and Telecom Agency. Holsteinsgade 63. 2100 København Ø.
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