Green Cloud Computing


The Green Cloud Computing project investigates the impact on the use of natural resources and climate change impacts when IT services are shifted to the cloud. This involves the entire lifecycle of IT equipment and identifies conflicts or synergies between the use of energy and raw materials.

In addition to the assessment of environmental impact and raw material requirements of cloud computing, the quantified information is transferred into a data model in order to identify optimization potentials and to derive appropriate measures.

Impact categories:

  • Cumulated energy consumption
  • Global warming potential
  • Abiotic depletion potential
  • Water footprint

These measures are compiled on the development of various scenarios based on a technological trends in the field of server and storage equipment in Germany and discussed in expert workshops and a specialist conference.




  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration (IZM), Berlin
  • Öko-Institut e.V., Berlin
  • tippingpoints GmbH, Bonn

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Innovation Workshops / Feasibility Studies