New market demand

The directions taken by politics and enterprises show the interest to form students for the new ICT jobs (in short and in long terms) in the sustainable development framework. A list of recent reports promoting green ICT activities is given below:

OECD and green ICT activities :  The OECD “declaration on green growth”, adopted at the Council Meeting at Ministerial level on 25 June 2009,  recognizes that special efforts need to be made at the international level for co-operation on developing clean technology, including by reinforcing green ICT activities, fostering market mechanisms, and augmenting, streamlining and accelerating financing and other support to developing countries in their fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and support in their water management.

European Commission and green jobs : Facing the crisis, the report on “A European Economic Recovery Plan” written in November 2008 by the European Commission identifies as major strategies the speed up of the shift towards a low carbon economy. This will leave Europe well placed to apply its strategy for limiting climate change and promoting energy security: a strategy which will encourage new technologies, create new ‘green-collar’ jobs and open up new opportunities in fast growing world markets, will keep energy bills for citizens and businesses in check, and will reduce Europe’s dependence on foreign energy sources.

European Commission and green ICT jobs: Brussels, 9 October 2009, « Making better use of innovative ICT solutions will help us meet Europe’s objectives of a low-carbon economy. The ICT sector can show the way to a more sustainable, environmental-friendly growth and give a boost to green jobs in Europe, » said Ms Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. « We must seize the chance to lead the way in energy-efficient technologies – not only because it is the best way to achieve sustainable cuts in CO2 emissions, but because the ecological potential of these technologies can open up new business opportunities for European ICT companies. »

Enterprises and Green ICT jobs: Gartner Survey shows most organisations will maintain Priority of Green IT Projects Despite Recession. In December of 2008, Gartner surveyed 620 respondents who had responsibility for, or were very knowledgeable about, their organisation’s green IT programs. Respondents were asked a series of questions about the development of their organisation, IT environment programs and also the impact of the recession on green IT initiatives.

In most cases, particularly in Europe and Asia/Pacific, the recession will not change or will increase the priority of green IT projects. There is still some education required, particularly in Asia/Pacific, related to the financial benefits of many green IT projects.

Gartner also asked organisations that had a specific capital expenditure budget for green IT (22 per cent of respondents), what proportion of total IT capital expenditure this represented. Overall, more than one-third of respondents (46 per cent in Europe, 38 per cent in Asia/Pacific and 36 per cent in the US) anticipated spending more than 15 per cent of their IT capital budgets on green IT projects.

Only 60 organisations (10 per cent of respondents) had no green IT projects at the time of the survey. With the exception of Asia/Pacific, most organisations with no green IT projects at present anticipated addressing the issue. It found that 40 per cent of US and 58 per cent of European respondents were very likely to launch projects in the future, with only 15 per cent of respondents for Asia/Pacific. Additionally, relatively few respondents did not have green IT projects as a result of the recession.