Foundation of the Green IT Global Collaboration Network - Press release
tuesday 13 june 2017 at 10h27
Amsterdam, London, Zürich and Paris, 12 June 2017. Four organisations with a sustainability vision and a wish to bring leadership and structure to the Green IT sector, are launching the Green IT Global collaboration network.
Green IT Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sustainability for London (United Kingdom), Green IT SIG (Switzerland) and Alliance Green IT (France) have joined forces to collaborate within the Green IT Global network. Our mission: be the ecosystem of knowledge and innovation on Green IT, and a driving force for innovation and sustainability.
Across the globe, people's lives are increasingly more connected to the digital world and this is likely to increase even more. ICT infrastructure has therefore undeniably become the 4th key infrastructure (next to road, water and energy) we all depend on for a thriving society. It also brings benefits such as being the enabler of both the energy and environmental transition.
ICT, buildings, transport, industry, the energy sector and more: the environmental impact of all can be significantly reduced and positive societal value created with the development and promotion of Green IT knowledge and solutions. We believe this needs a clear vision of where and how the Green IT sector can contribute and follow through with research, practical implementation and exchange of knowledge. By joining forces and sharing opportunities we create a hub of Green IT expertise which can consolidate and amplify across countries, regions and sectors.
Over the last approximately 5 to 7 years several initiatives were established across Europe to enhance and stimulate the knowledge and adoption of Green IT. With many of the engaged parties operating both regionally and internationally, those involved met and worked together on several occasions over time. Realising the benefits of giving these collaborations a more structural approach this has now resulted in the Green IT Global network.
On 4 April 2017, Green IT Global held its ‘kick-off’ meeting at the Science Park campus in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of the main Green ICT and data center hubs in Europe and the Science Park campus has a thriving technology focus, hosts an award-winning Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES), and is home to one of our founding organisations, Green IT Amsterdam. In short, a well suited location for a first milestone, where everyone was welcomed by Green IT Amsterdam chairman, professor Anwar Osseyran. After a full day of brainstorming, exchanging ideas, we achieved agreement on the principles of the network and lay the foundations for our core objectives and key activities.
Today, 12 June, we are pleased to announce the Green IT Global Manifesto, shared and signed by the four founding participants. With it we present our main mission, our core objectives as well as the focus of key collaboration activities, which we have already started to work on.
Green IT Global is proud to create and develop new opportunities for the Green IT sector and enabling others to generate positive impact. We strongly believe that collaboration and sharing is the key to achieve sustainable digital transition and we are looking forward to collaborate with you. Green IT Global is open to expand and welcome those with like-minded ambitions to join our network. Connected we are stronger, together we can do more!
For more information, please contact:
- Green IT Amsterdam: Jaak Vlasveld, jvlasveld@greenitamsterdam
- Sustainability for London: John Booth,
- Green IT Switzerland: Niklaus Meyer,
- Alliance Green IT: Thomas Mesplede,
Foto: Representatives from all four founding organisations at the kick-off milestone meeting 4 April 2017 at Green IT Amsterdam office Science Park. Left to right: Niklaus Meyer (Green IT SIG); Esther van Bergen (Green IT Amsterdam); Thomas Mesplede (Alliance Green IT); Sarah Vowles (Green IT SIG); Alex Bardell (Sustainability for London); Julie Chenadec (Green IT Amsterdam); John Booth (Sustainability for London); Jaak Vlasveld (Green IT Amsterdam); Anwar Osseyran (Green IT Amsterdam)