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Climate Change and the Internet

Climate Change and the Internet

We are conducting an inquiry which will look at the current carbon emission and energy consumption trends of the internet and evaluate the emerging risks and opportunities to promote energy and carbon efficiency.

The report is being co-chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Cambridge and former member of the Science and Technology Committee and Antoinette Sandbach MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Eddisbury and member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.

We are currently taking evidence as part of this inquiry and invites written submissions to be sent to lucy.mcmahon@policyconnect.org.uk.

The deadline for written submissions is 27th November 2017. The Call for Evidence can be found here, and  provides further details. Please contact the APPCCG via lucy.mcmahon@policyconnect.org.uk or 020 7202 8572 if you have any questions.

Vision

To look at the current carbon emission and energy consumption trends of the internet and to evaluate the emerging risks and opportunities to promote energy and carbon efficiency.

Research Questions – Key Themes

The APPCCG report will be gathering evidence to seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the energy consumption and carbon emission trends across the different parts of the internet network? Where are the hotspots?
  • Which parts of the internet network have decarbonised most successfully? Where are there significant risks that carbon emissions will continue to increase?
  • To what extent has the ICT sector been successful at exploiting opportunities to use ICT to reduce carbon emissions? How could the sector be more effective at reducing carbon emissions?
  • How does the regulation framework look at present? Is current policy effective at reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions? How could it be improved?
  • What should policy makers be aware of when making policy regarding energy consumption, carbon emissions and the ICT sector?
  • How will new technologies (e.g. augmented reality, artificial intelligence, etc.) change the future of carbon emissions in the ICT sector?