GETIT focuses on “where ET meets IT (Energy technology meets IT/communications also known as Info-communication Industry or ICT) or Green ICT.
ICT offers new solutions to Energy Technology (hybrid and smart power management, smart grids, micro-grids, energy efficiency calculators, etc) and ICT has found to be a tool for the reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by up to 15-20% (see the Gesi report, SMART 2020). Meanwhile, renewable energy is a viable option for use in the ICT industry and it makes good business sense to go green, especially in developing nations dealing with both the Digital Divide and Energy Poverty.
In many countries, Green is becoming a vendor selection criteria and many vendors and service providers are now claiming to be green. To be able to differentiate greenwashing from genuine “green” efforts, GET-IT suggested to TELECOMTV to make a Green Planet documentary. The documentary co-produced by GET-IT is almost completed and is available at www.telecomtv.com/greenplanet and will soon be linked directly from this site. Developing metrics for green and exchanging best practices will be key to the advancement of Green in the ICT industry.