Project Details

Title: Green IT Network Europe
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,777,099.10
ERDF contribution: €1,390,027.70

Lead partner

Riga City Council
Ratslaukums 1
LV-1539, Riga

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    • Contact Person: Timurs Safiulins
      Phone: +371 67012350
      Fax: +371 67181171

Project summary


Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become a driving force of economy and society sustaining growth and prosperity. On line data processing has in the last decade developed into a truly new infrastructure. ICT is ubiquitous and will become more so in the coming years. Also ubiquitous however has become the question of the sustainability of ICT. ICT has been singled out as a fast growing consumer of energy with a sizable carbon footprint. Already ICT consumes 8% of electricity in urban areas. Energy costs have become the largest proportion of ICT costs sometimes questioning the availability of the electricity needed.

Since a few years the sustainability of ICT, "Green IT", has become a major issue. Knowledge institutions, governments, and industries form the ICT sector and other sectors have turned actively to reduce the energy consumption of ICT. As the first results of these Greening OF ICT activties become available a second essential factor becomes

clearly visible. Reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption of almost all sectors of society and the economy also depend on ICT. It has been estimated that "smart" deployment of ICT (increasing power use) can decrease the use of electricity with a factor 5 or more.

The opportunity for Greening the economy and society BY ICT turns Green IT into a truly global issue, with ramifications on all levels of economy and society, involving a myriad of stakeholders. For regional governments development of effective policies to stimulate stakeholders to implement Green IT actions have become a major new area of activity. GreenITNet offers the opportunity to assess a wide range of actions and analyse policies and policy instruments to explore, develop and implement Green IT. Policy development not only has to fit opportunities in sectors as different as households, buildings, mobility, industrial processes, and the ICT and energy infrastructure itself, it also has to grasp many different

opportunities and restraints of a technological, institutional, social and economical nature.

Throughout Europe a number of regional authorities has taken up the challenge. The vastness of the task requires strong cooperation and exchange of experience to pool resources and expertise. The main objective of GreenITNet is to support 10 partners (Riga, Manchester, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Catania, Oresund, Malta, Kranj, Czestochowa) and a large network of other cities and regions to develop a systematic Green IT policy framework and select a number of good practises and effective policies. The project organises a process of systematic exchange and assessment of Green IT policies and delivers a repository of policies. GreenITNet makes an important start to turn policy making for energy efficient ICT and ICT as an enabler to fight climate change into mainstream regional policy involving many stakeholders, enduring well beyond the life time of the project.

Project achievements

Project partners have established a large and active network among partners and their local, national and international stakeholders and a wider network of European Union, but also neighbouring countries, Chinese and Indian cities, universities, business support bodies, regional development agencies or other bodies and SMEs of energy and ICT services. More than 200 institutions/individuals are engaged in exploring, developing and disseminating focused knowledge, good practices and policies on the essential role of energy efficiency of ICT, including 10 practices transfers within the project and couple of dozen to be taken over outside EU in 2015 improving local actions for the benefit of citizens. 10 local networks created by the partners are more receptive to inter-regional cooperation and learning from others. More than 6000 recipients are receiving results of the work of partnership in the format of newsletters, tweets and news alerts, more than 50 articles, including in Chinese,

reflecting the good practices referring to the project have been published in printed or online media. The investigations and the report on transferability (not foreseen in the project application) are published on online platform which contains more than 150 good practices and which will be maintained and intensively used by the network in coming years. Expert investigations have supported competence and capacity building for all the partners and are used by the network members. Staff exchanges between the partners, exchange seminars and ICT based communication has facilitated improvements of policies and practices beyond the transfers and the direct project activities. More than 2000 participants of events held in partner countries, other EU countries, India and China, have been presented information about the database and online community as well as the aims of the project. All partners of the project along with local stakeholders are networking and learning from each other on

regular basis as well as initiating new ideas for improvements at their work and projects. Database is being extended and used to share knowledge, information and discuss challenges and find solutions for EU and beyond contributing to the sustainability of communities across the globe and providing EU expertise for interested and committed parties. The database is being updated after the project end as partners agreed to join efforts to continue online community beyond project. This innovative work has had high visibility internationally. The joint action carried out through the simultaneous involvement of public and private entities, has allowed developing the right conditions for the activation of important innovative instruments for European public administrations, such as Green Public Procurement, the Pre-commercial Public Procurement and the Innovation Procurement. In other words, it was found that public administrations can and should take a proactive role to boost demand for

innovation, in order to guide the market towards the implementation of the services that are really needed to make cities more green and smart. IT and energy related engineering could be considered highly innovative fields of industry; the combination of both with Green IT is a step further. Innovation within Green IT does not focus only on technology, but on innovative business models, collaboration and stakeholder involvement too. Project partners are developing new initiatives.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Riga City Council, Riga LATVIA Latvija +371 67012350
Lund University/LU OPEN INNOVATION CENTER, Lund SWEDEN Sydsverige +46 763 278731
Green IT Amsterdam Region, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Noord-Holland +31 204711228
Municipality of Roma, Rome ITALY Lazio +390 6671071856;
Chamber of Commerce Barcelona , Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña 34934169342
Manchester City Council, Manchester UNITED KINGDOM Greater Manchester 441612344006
Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency , Valletta MALTA Malta +356 2722 4408
BSC, Business Support Centre Ltd, Kranj , Kranj SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija + 386 4 28 17 244
Regional Development Agency in Częstochowa, Częstochowa POLAND Slaskie +48 34 360 56 88
Municipality of Catania, Catania ITALY Sicilia 39957425319
Resources for Rome S.p.A, Rome ITALY Lazio 00390 683199100


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