European Commission’s dedication of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) for Sustainable Growth and Development is a key aspirant to many of the emerging and developing economies around the world. The Commission’s aim to developing a more sustainable Europe is based on three main areas of development covered by ICT namely;
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Management, and
- Climate Change.
However, these three are not only the determining factors of ICT for Sustainable Growth for any region or country. The factors influencing ICT approach, its mobilization and deployment comes with certain criteria to a better sustainability, hence the ICT for Sustainable Growth. The case of ICT with European Commission has determined areas of policy framework for ICT in Development and Sustainable Growth.
It calls upon the ICT industry to develop a framework to measure its energy and environmental performance and set itself energy efficiency targets, which has led to the setting up of the ICT for Energy Efficiency Forum by stakeholders. ~ European Commission Information Society
We can safely enlist the key areas or determining factors of ICT for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD) based on the accounts of the Commission’s vision, as follows:
- Energy Efficiency of the ICT Sector
- Energy Efficiency using ICT
- Smart Sustainable Cities
- Energy Efficient Buildings
- Smart Grids
- Water Management
- Climate Change Management
The shaping of developmental factors utilizing various determinants of ICT for Sustainable Growth can be achieved at different levels, and those most of the times can’t be inter-compared as their scope of growth and sustainability vary greatly. The Commission’s Information Society has one of the largest database of publications in ICT R&D for Electric Vehicle, Water resource management, Societal Challenges and many more developmental aspect. Visit the library to get more insight into it.