Event Schedule:

Start Date:    27th June 2013End Date:    27th June 2013
Start Time:    10:00 AMEnd Time:    01:00 PM

GeSI and Microsoft jointly organised a workshop during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013 entitled “The Cloud: Will it be enough to make Europe energy efficient?”. The workshop took place on Thursday 27 June 2013 from 10:00 to 13:00 in Brussels.

The event focussed on how innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT), specifically cloud computing, can help Europe achieve its 2020 energy efficiency and climate change targets. A related study entitled “The Enabling Technologies of a Low-Carbon Economy: A Focus on Cloud Computing” was presented by Peter Thomond, Director, Qingtech Limited, who was the principal researcher for the study.

The study, sponsored by Microsoft Europe and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), claims that increased use of cloud computing services will reduce the dependence on energy and help reduce global environmental damage with savings of over US$2.2 billion (€1.65 billion) and is 95% more efficient where 1 tonne of greenhouse gas (GHG) created by cloud leads to 20 tonnes abatted from customers.

The event also featured as speakers, Philip Lowe, Director-General of Directorate-General Energy (ENER)who shared his views on the sustainability problems the energy sector is facing. Along with Katrina Destree, Board Member, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)/Alcatel-Lucent ; Ray Pinto, Senior Government Affairs Manager, Europe, Middle East Africa, Microsoft; and Afke Schaart, Senior Director, EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft.

The speakers inluded:
-Philip Lowe, Director-General of Directorate-General Energy (ENER)
-Dr. Peter Thomond, Director, Qingtech Limited;
-Katrina Destree, Board Member, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)/ Alcatel- Lucent;
-Ray Pinto – Senior Government Affairs Manager, Europe, Middle East Africa, Microsoft; 

Please download the event invitation here.

   Event Venue: Brussels, Belgium

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