16 Dec '11, 11am

Microsoft: Cloud Computing Can Cut Emissions by 30 Percent and More - Environmental Leader

Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and services are estimated to double their global carbon emissions to 4 percent by 2020, taking an 8-10 percent share of electricity consumption in the EU alone, says John Vassallo, Microsoft vice president for EU Affairs and associate general counsel. Vassallo’s industry assessment, found at EurActive.com, addresses the opportunities the ICT sector could provide at a time when the UK aims to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent over 1990 levels by 2050, and the EU reviews strategies to meet its 2020 20 percent primary energy savings target . As well, ICT industry leaders are asking the European Commission to provide for a coherent legal framework for cloud computing services which they say would help EU businesses participate in a global market forecast to reach 70 billion euros annually in 2015. The request is part of th...

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