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Information and communications technology (ICT) systems are the core of today’s knowledge based society. Innovations in this area are adapted at tremendous speed and worldwide use of ICT has soared in recent years. However, this unprecedented growth comes at a price: ICT systems are meanwhile responsible for the same amount of CO2 emissions as global air travel. If the growth of ICT systems energy consumption continues at the present pace, it will endanger ambitious plans to reduce CO2 emissions and tackle climate change. Increasing the energy efficiency of ICT systems is thus clearly the major R&D challenge in the decades to come.
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