For many years, the carbon footprint of the ICT industry has grown at a rapid rate.  Today, this sector is developing energy-efficient and carbon-neutral ICTs that directly address this issue.

ICTs also hold a key to a more environmentally sound and sustainable world.

While leaders across the ICT industry take action to increase the energy efficiency of ICT-based products and services, these technologies have the potential to enable even greater energy and carbon savings in other sectors.  The novel application
of ICTs across our economy could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 9 gigatonnes by 2020. This is more than nine times the carbon produced by the entire ICT sector.  And these applications not only deliver environmental benefits; they create significant economic opportunities.

Green ICTs represent an important weapon in the fight against climate change.  These ubiquitous technologies also serve as a foundation on which to build the interconnected digital economy of the future.  In this new economy, digital networking and ICTs will enable us to communicate, collaborate and acquire information in novel ways.

Technologies: telco clouds and smart grids

Equation is a novel private-public R&D partnership that aims to develop and apply energy-efficient green ICT solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.  Working in close collaboration with Québec researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs, the firms from the Equation Project aim to develop and commercialize energy-efficient green ICT solutions.  These include telco clouds, smart grids and environmentally friendly ICT-based manufacturing processes and systems.  These industry-academic teams will leverage Québec’s world-class expertise in microelectronics, photonics, wireless technologies, computing services and telecommunications.

Downstream, these initiatives will lead to new technologies, processes and services that:

  • Deliver new telecommunications capabilities, while reducing the carbon emissions generated by the networks that underpin this industry;
  • Develop more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes that generate less chemical by-product and wastewater;
  • Put the abundance of Québec’s renewable energy sources to work in new and effective ways;
  • Create smarter power grids that increase energy efficiency while reducing energy consumption;
  • Drive down carbon emissions and operational costs in the cable television and satellite service industry; and
  • Establish an innovation hub where Québec entrepreneurs, SMEs and university researchers can work together to bring new products and services to market.