February 8, 2008
It would appear that ICTs have lessened the energy intensity of industrial processes. At the same time overall energy use has increased. This would imply that energy savings alone are not sufficient to decrease energy use.
The Sectoral e-Business Watch is conducting a research project that focuses on ICT implications for industrial energy consumption. As a member of the project’s advisory board, I am particularly enthusiastic about the macro level analysis that professor Reinhard Madlener and his team are carrying out. It is a highly ambitious task to analyze this issue from datasets in different databases. The macro level analysis complements case studies, which are also a part of the project.
Once the report is out, it is definitely something that the CB team should take a look into.