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Getting smart with ICT carbon busting solutions

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12 July 2016

Gabrielle Giner

Blogs by author:  Gabrielle Giner , Head of Sustainable Business Policy, BT.

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Could the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions help cut carbon emissions across Europe by as much as 37 per cent by 2030? We think so.

In fact, our new in-depth report ‘The role of ICT in reducing carbon emissions in the EU’, argues that smart manufacturing, smart buildings, smart agriculture and smart energy are potentially the most promising ICT-enabled carbon reduction answers.

Out of these, smart manufacturing is the strongest example of how ICT could play a critical role in the creation of new business models. And the report makes a strong case for potential new revenue streams and the positive impact of promoting a circular economy.

By using ICT within smart manufacturing to tag, track and trace products and components throughout their entire life cycle, this can allow them to be more easily and effectively re-manufactured, repaired or refurbished at their end-of-life.

Just look at Renault’s Choisy-le-Roi factory in France. Renault has a long history of using re-manufactured automobile parts since 1949, and has expanded its circular operations to include the use of injection pumps, gearboxes, injectors and recently, turbo compressors.

This circular chain means Renault is driving substantial environmental savings – 80 per cent reduction in energy use, using 88 per cent less water and a 92 per cent reduction in chemical products. Overall, this process produces 70 per cent less waste, and Renault doesn’t send any unwanted materials to landfill.

Pretty smart.

Cloud of Clouds: Bringing it all together

The report also highlights BT’s approach to making cloud computing less energy consuming and more sustainable.

BT’s award winning secure and sustainable data centre services are part of our Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy that wraps multiple clouds into one connected and centrally managed cloud.

We’re proud that our new facilities boast one of the world’s lowest total ownership cost, taking into account both financial and carbon expenses. Using advanced cooling technology, the data centres use less energy, maximising free cooling for up to 95 per cent of the year.

This practice helps us manage cost and sustainability for our cloud services, while keeping carbon emissions low.

BT is a major practitioner of implementing sustainability strategies. We have an ambition to help our customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end carbon impact of our business by 2020 and we are at a ratio of 1.6 to 1.  This year we achieved an 81 per cent reduction in the  carbon intensity of our global business which has led to greater efficiency, lower operating costs, and a reduction in our carbon footprint.

For more, read about our Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy and download our report on the role of ICT in reducing carbon emissions in the EU.