Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) - Federal agencies could achieve significant savings – of energy and money – through expanded use of information and communication technologies, according to a new report released today by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).
If widely deployed, information and communication technologies (ICT) could help agencies meet half of their goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and could save more than $5 billion in energy costs through 2020, C2ES estimated. These technologies include advanced energy sensors and controls, GPS-based fleet management systems, teleconferencing, and cloud-based data storage.
The new C2ES report, Leading by Example 2.0: How Information and Communication Technologies Help Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals, documents how the adoption of these technologies is helping federal agencies reduce costs and emissions. It also recommends steps agencies can take to overcome barriers to their expanded use.
“As President Obama emphasized in his new climate action plan, the federal government has both the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example in moving us in a more sustainable direction,” said C2ES President Eileen Claussen. “Smarter use of information and communication technologies is one good way the nation’s largest landlord, fleet operator, and consumer of goods and services can both shrink its carbon footprint and save taxpayers money.”
Federal agencies have an overall goal of reducing their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions 24 percent below 2008 levels by 2020. Through 2011, the government had reduced total covered emissions almost 7 percent, primarily through energy efficiency and purchases of renewable energy.
Agencies could go much further by taking advantage of such ICT solutions as:
"Federal agencies find themselves caught in the crossfire between declining budgets, rising energy costs, and tougher sustainability mandates," said Stephen Seidel, author of the C2ES report. "With information and communication technologies, the government can reduce costs, meet its sustainability goals, and operate more efficiently."
The C2ES report builds on the center’s eight detailed case studies highlighting how agencies are beginning to use these technologies to save energy and cut costs. For example:
The C2ES report also recommends steps to overcome barriers to wider use of these technologies across the federal government, such as:
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
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