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New GeSI Study Released: Measuring Carbon Reduction

by Employee on ‎09-03-2010 10:57 AM

1479iB29A053244027548The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) this week released the long-awaited follow-up to its landmark Smart2020 report. This effort outlines a workable methodology to gauge the environmental benefits of information technology. 

 

The groundbreaking study provides a means to measure the carbon reduction value that Information Communications Technology (ICT) systems make possible. This study, entitled “Evaluating the Carbon-reducing Impacts of ICT: An assessment methodology,” is an important step in helping to quantify how ICT innovation is assisting the transformation to a low-carbon economy.

 

The Smart2020 report indicated that at the macro level, ICT has the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent, U.S. emissions by 22 percent and save up to $750 billion by 2020.

 

To augment that report, GeSI wanted to create a tool that helps customers and policymakers understand at a micro level the carbon reduction value associated with implementing specific ICT initiatives.  

 

This latest study includes a measurement methodology with six case studies to illustrate the application of its methodology. In one particular case study, the effects of telecommuting were measured for a single company.  The findings?  Annual CO2 emissions were reduced dramatically, conserving approximately 1.6 million gallons of gasoline.

 

The six case studies start on page 28 of the report and cover these topics:

-       Home Energy Monitoring

-       HVAC Automation

-       Ecodriving

-       Telecommuting

-       Ehealth

-       Telepresence

 

I encourage you to review this methodology. You can find additional information on the GeSI website including an online tutorial, downloadable worksheets and a space to post your feedback on the methodology.

 

GeSI’s goal is to have organizations apply the methodology to measure the carbon-reduction value of an ICT initiative they have implemented, and post the results to the website so that others can benefit from the experience. Over time, additional case studies will help build more evidence as to how ICT is supporting the transition to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy.

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by doublebill2 on ‎09-22-2010 02:40 PM

Did you get your information from Gore or did you do like the rest and made it up.

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