|Greener Information and Communication Technologies|
There are two ways of increasing energy efficiency using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT):
About one fifth of the world’s electricity consumption is for lighting, presenting a major potential for savings. The adoption of high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) technology, already available on the market, could save 30% of today’s consumption by 2015 and up to 50% by 2025. By adding sensing and actuation capabilities to energy-efficient bulbs, so that they automatically adjust to the environment (e.g. to natural light, people’s presence) — intelligent lighting – further improvements are possible.
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) constitute a promising technology under development. OLEDs have the advantage of possessing a uniformly diffuse emitting surface, while remaining very energy-efficient and environmentally safe. Furthermore, OLEDs are form-free and could be made on flexible materials, opening up a wide range of new possibilities.
ICT increases energy efficiency in Manufacturing - Recommendations for R&D needs - the EC Consultation Group “Smart Manufacturing” (PDF, 1.6 MB)