ICT Majors Launch Green Consortium

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 13, 2010

With the boom in broadband usage, energy consumption by the information and communication technology (ICT) sector is rapidly increasing. To address this trend and achieve a sustainable communications future, Bell Labs has formed a global consortium called Green Touch.

Gee Rittenhouse, vice president of research at Bell Labs and consortium lead, commented, "Over the next decade billions more people will upload and share video, images and information over public and private networks as we communicate with each other in new, rich ways. We also expect ICT usage to dramatically increase as other industries use networks to reduce their own carbon footprints. This naturally leads to an exponential growth in ICT energy consumption which we, as an industry, have to jointly address.

"This consortium is unique in looking way beyond making incremental efficiency improvements and tapping into innovation and expertise from around the globe to achieve fundamental breakthroughs in ICT carbon emissions reduction." 

Green Touch will endeavor to create the technologies needed to make communications networks 1000 times more energy efficient than they are today.

A thousand-fold reduction is roughly equivalent to being able to power the world’s communications networks, including the Internet, for three years using the same amount of energy that it currently takes to run them for a single day.

Green Touch has brought together leaders in industry, academia and government labs to invent and deliver radical new approaches to energy efficiency that will be at the heart of sustainable networks in the decades to come.

The consortium has issued an open invitation to all members of the ICT community to join forces in reaching this ambitious target.

Green Touch founding members include:

Service Providers: AT&T, China Mobile, Portugal Telecom, Swisscom, Telefonica 
Academic Research Labs: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Research Laboratory for Electronics (RLE), Stanford University’s Wireless Systems Lab (WSL), the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) 
Government and Nonprofit Research Institutions: The CEA-LETI Applied Research Institute for Microelectronics (Grenoble, France), imec (Headquarters: Leuven, Belgium), The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) 
Industrial Labs: Bell Labs, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Freescale Semiconductor.