Paris, 7 December 2015 - Today, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative participated in the LPAA Focus Thematic Event on Energy Efficiency organized in the framework of COP21 by Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).
The Energy Day took place in the "blue zone" of the Conference, restricted to heads of State and government, senior executives from civil society, and C-level executives, and was dedicated to the two main topics of renewables and energy efficiency, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal #7 on energy, and recognizing the centrality of energy to the climate solution. Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman, participated in the Private sector commitments to energy use reduction session which took place during Part III of the event, dedicated to the Global Energy Efficiency Movement. Participants discussed the initiatives and partnerships that private sector actors have been engaging in, with a goal to scale up energy efficiency solutions in terms of both products and processes.
Mr Neves presented the GeSI commitment to support its members in improving energy efficiency by 24% by 2030 compared to 2015. This effort builds on the findings of the GeSI #SMARTer2030 report
, released in June of this year. The research identified the CO2e emission reduction potential that ICT can enable by 2030, creating the fact-base to forecast the ICT sector's energy intensity and the opportunity for delivering energy efficiency per ICT user served despite a significant increase in data volumes.
"Today's meeting gave us the opportunity to reiterate the importance of ICT in achieving climate change goals" said Luis Neves "Although the global demand for energy is expected to keep rising in the next years, we know that by taking advantage of the opportunities enabled by innovative technologies we can improve efficiency and better manage energy consumption".
This commitment further highlights GeSI's work as industry leader making the case for "ICT greening": #SMARTer2030 found that "by rolling out identified ICT solutions across the global economy, total global emissions of CO2e could be cut by 12Gt by 2030", thus keeping them at today's levels. In parallel, the sector maintains a strong commitment to "greening ICT", striving to improving the performance of its own services, therefore maximizing its overall enabling effect.
Further examples of how ICT can enable resilience to climate change will be showcased on December 9 during the Momentum for Change ICT Solutions event, also taking place at COP21 and co-organized with the UNFCCC.
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