Today, 6 billion people have mobile phones. We connect to the internet to share information, work, socialise and shop. And not only will people become more connected, but ‘things’ will too; there could be 50 billion machine-to-machine connections in 2020. This information will make climate change visible. It will help us monitor our impacts and emissions. It will helps us optimize systems in all sectors for energy and resource efficiency.
The potential: Solutions such as intelligent transportation, smart buildings, smart logistics, teleworking and telepresence have already contributed to 10x efficiency in the US economy historically and have even greater future potential to save 15% of global emissions by 2020, according to research by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, The Climate Group and others.
The challenge: However, market and other barriers stand in the way of meeting this potential. We know that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry can not achieve this alone.
The ISEP partnership will kick off initiatives around the world that demonstrate how ICTs are today enabling energy and resource efficiency, and work with industry, governments and other stakeholders to support removing barriers to scaling those solutions.