The IT2Green technology research program was initiated by the German federal ministry of economics and technology (BMWi) to address rising energy consumption by ICT.
In 2009, a previous study, entitled “Assessing the energy needs of the German information society” had already found that ICT accounts for more than 10% of energy consumption in Germany. Analysis showed that net-based services and ICT infrastructure were developing into a large energy consumer.
As part of IT2Green, 10 pilot projects were then funded to develop energy-efficient solutions for telecommunication networks, computing centers and clouds, and monitoring and management.
IT2Green was designed to cover a complex range of topics, in which technical and economic aspects are addressed. The systematic improvement of the energy efficiency of ICT infrastructure and ICT-based services requires a holistic understanding of the interrelationships between these factors. The research by Fraunhofer IZM (together with Fraunhofer ISI and VDIVDE-IT) is helping both BMWi and the funded projects in equal measure to successfully implement their program goals.
The aims of our research are quality assurance and development of universally applicable know-how for politics, commerce and research, as well as national and international networking between stakeholders. Our tasks include the cross-project identification and research of interdisciplinary issues, fostering of networks and the design of cross-media public relations. Based on an analysis of the potential scope of political and regulatory action, we are developing recommendations for strengthening sustainable ICT in Germany.
Our project will form 3 expert groups for the discussion of interdisciplinary topics and recommendation, to promote efficient information sharing and joint topic-specific development. The three groups will tackle the following aspects:3
- Measurement and assessment of energy efficiency in ICT
- New networks and technologies
- Techno-economic factors in competition