2014 Internet2 Global Summit

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NRENs, Sustainability, and Green ICT: What We Can Do With the Higher Education Community

Time 04/08/14 04:30PM-05:30PM

Room Plaza Ballroom A/B/C

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Session Abstract

With each passing year, sustainability becomes a more relevant topic for HE institutions. In the US several communities are active (e.g. AASHE) and in the Netherlands HE institutions agreed to a collective ambition: improve their energy efficiency with 30% by 2020. ICT is a large and growing part of the footprint of HE (on average ~20% of the total energy consumption). Efforts should be made to reduce this footprint and there are several ways in which NRENs can help their community; e.g. through their services but also through sharing best practices for the campus. Even if ICT can be made more efficient, its footprint might still grow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however. Smart use of ICT leading to optimization, substitution or dematerialization of other processes (think administration, operations, travel, but also education and research) can make these much more efficient. ICT could reduce the global carbon footprint by up to 16%. SURFnet and other NRENs participating in the GN3(+) program, have made significant efforts to make themselves as well as their community more sustainable. This session will give examples from our experiences and will show what NRENs and the HE community can do for sustainability with ICT.


Speaker Albert Hankel Surfnet BV

Presentation Media

Primary track Innovative Partnerships, Uses and Applications

Secondary tracks National/Regional Collaboration Global Reach and Leadership Innovative Partnerships, Uses and Applications