CO2 emissions of the ICT sector at the level of global air traffic. Germany must actively shape global structural change Berlin/Copenhagen, 7 December 2009-10.000.000.000.000 Watt, a ten trillion or even ten thousand billion watts one with 13 zeros, written out. All German Server and data centers consumed so much power in 2008. It reported the Federal Ministry for environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety (BMU). This value would correspond to an annual electricity output of almost four coal-fired power plants. on. Worldwide total emissions of carbon dioxide have reached approximately 600 million tons, are already the level of global air traffic through ICT technology with around two percent.
Comparable to an output of 320 million small scales. Humanity would have to plant 60 billion trees to compensate for this strain. In research and science, broad consensus is that increasing CO2 emissions is the major cause of climate change. To keep the consequences economically and environmentally manageable, can the global Global warming not exceed two degrees compared to pre-industrial levels, so the BMU. \”An understanding that that the climate may heat up still only around two degrees, must be the goal for Copenhagen\”, said Federal Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen the \”image on Sunday\”.
Shortly before the climate change conference in Copenhagen, Rottgen has economic and political climate protection dialogue\”launched. Climate change is the driving force for the economic modernization of our country. That’s why Copenhagen is the most important economic conference in our time at the same time\”Rottgen next. To slow global warming, developed countries must offer services in a nearly CO2-free until the middle of this century. For Germany it comes in the next few years, to actively make a global structural change, and not to lose the connection. But the necessary knowledge is missing many users, to really take advantage of optimization possibilities of ICT technology. The BMU, the Federal Environmental Agency have to change this (UBA), the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW) and the German Association for information technology, telecommunications and new media (BITKOM) together set the goal.