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More ICT Could Reduce Emissions

A new Communications Ministry study shows that Finland could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 10 million tonnes a year through more efficient use of information and communications technologies.

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The report points to the biggest potential to reduce emissions through the application of tech-smart solutions in transport, construction technology, the energy grid and the automation of industrial machinery.

At present, Finland’s CO2 emissions total around 70 million tonnes.

Researchers looked especially at increased efficiencies through more electronic services and the further impact that ICT could make on greenhouse gas emissions in transport.

It was noted that the energy used in heating, ventilation and cooling of buildings could be reduced with more efficient ICT applications. Intelligent design in the construction sector, the report says, could cut 0.2 - 4 million tonnes of carbon emissions.