While global energy consumption is high and rising, conventional fuel sources are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. Further, emissions resulting from the use of fossil fuels have been linked to global climate change and, within a rising number of countries, are subject to regulation. Consequently, governments, businesses and consumers around the world are seeking products and services to improve energy efficiency.
World marketed energy consumption was 462 quadrillion Btu in 2005. Going forward, global energy consumption is forecast to increase 19% between 2005 and 2015 to 551 quadrillion Btu. Conventional fuels such as oil and other liquid petroleum products, natural gas and coal are the world’s leading sources of energy.
Together, these sources are expected to account for approximately 85% of the world’s energy in 2010. Even considering the technological advancements and increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, the share of world energy supplied by conventional fuels is expected to remain flat to 2015. As fossil fuels, these resources are finite and current projections indicate that they will be depleted within a relatively short timeframe. Further, use of these fuels results in greenhouse gas emissions, which are linked to global climate change. Together with the fact that power generation using these sources is becoming increasingly expensive, current energy use patterns are unsustainable.
Products and services provided by the information and communications technology (ICT) sector enable energy efficiency and emissions reductions. ICTs can be employed to capture, analyze and respond to vast amounts of data which can lead to optimized energy use within large, energy-reliant sectors such as power, industry and logistics. Additionally, the adoption of ICT products and technologies can reduce energy consumption across sectors by enabling smart buildings, dematerialization and travel substitution. Meanwhile, various innovations and trends occurring within the ICT sector are expected to reduce the energy consumption of ICT products themselves.
The continued development and adoption of more efficient PCs and peripherals, data center servers and cooling technologies, telecommunications devices and infrastructure is expected to improve energy efficiency of products produced within the ICT sector. Globally, these improvements are projected to reduce the in-use energy consumption of ICT products by 895 billion kWh in 2015.
While substantial, the magnitude of these savings is dwarfed by the impact that the use of these enabling ICTs are projected to have across other sectors of human enterprise. The global energy savings enabled by ICTs in the power, industrial, and logistics sectors as well as through the cross-sectoral impact of enabling energy efficient buildings, travel substitution and dematerialization are estimated to exceed 6,463 billion kWh in 2015.
The overall global energy savings due to the improved energy efficiency of ICT products themselves as well as the efficiency enabling impact of these products across other energy intensive sectors and activities is therefore projected to grow from 2,618 billion kWh in 2010, to 7,358 billion kWh in 2015. These energy savings equate to 4.5% of projected global energy consumption in 2015.
Along with the reduction in global energy consumption, ICT products are also expected to enable significant reductions in global emissions. The global emissions reductions enabled by energy-smart ICT solutions are projected to grow from 1,393 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010 to 3,892 million tonnes in 2015. This reflects an 8.7% reduction in projected total global carbon emissions at that time.
The global value created through energy efficiency gains enabled by energy-smart ICT products and solutions across all sectors is projected to grow from $170 billion in 2010 to over $478 billion in 2015. Concurrently, the global value created through the potential monetization of emissions reductions is expected to reach $70 billion by 2015.
In the aggregate, the global value created through the energy and emissions savings estimated at $195 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow to $548 billion by 2015. This substantial value creation represents the impact of incremental adoption of energy-smart ICT products and solutions across several energy intensive sectors that are improving their energy efficiency relative to a 2005 baseline.
ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial includes a broad review of the global market for information and communications technologies which enable conservation of energy. The report examines opportunities for the ICT sector to improve the in-use energy efficiency of its products as well as the ability of the sectors’ products to enable energy efficiency across other sectors. Select ICTs which enable energy efficiency are discussed. These ICTs are categorized into 4 sectors: the ICT sector, power sector, logistics sector and industrial sector. Three cross-sector opportunities for efficiency enabling ICTs, buildings, dematerialization and travel substitution, are also discussed.
Read an excerpt from this report below.Report Methodology
The information in ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial is based on primary and secondary research. Primary research entailed interviews with firms involved in the manufacture, distribution and sales of ICT products, analysts and consultants to the energy industry to obtain insight into the products, technologies and market factors shaping the industry. Secondary research entailed data gathering from relevant sources, including government and industry publications, company literature and corporate annual reports.
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ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial contains important insights and projections regarding the future of this market around the world. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and data that ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial offers. Subscribers will benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.
ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrial includes a broad review of the global market for ICTs which are both energy efficient in themselves and enable energy conservation within various sectors of the global economy. The report outlines the need for improved energy efficiency and introduces several of the most significant opportunities to improve energy efficiency through the use of ICTs through 2015. Historic and forecast global energy demand 2005 to 2015 and energy demand drivers are presented.
Some of the most significant opportunities to improve energy efficiency through the use of ICTs through 2015 are identified and representative ICT products, technologies and requirements are discussed. Opportunities are presented by sector including the ICT, power, industrial and logistics sectors. Additionally, opportunities for ICTs to improve energy efficiency across sectors such as reducing the energy consumption of buildings, substitution of hard goods with electronic goods and travel substitution are discussed.
Finally, the market for energy efficient and efficiency-enabling ICTs is covered. Historic and forecast (2005-2015) energy consumption and carbon emissions for the various sectors and activities covered in this report are presented. Energy and emissions savings enabled by the ICTs discussed within the report and the value of these savings is offered. The report also provides profiles of participants in the market for energy-efficient and efficiency-enabling ICTs.
How You’ll Benefit from This Report
If your company is already doing business in the market for information and communication technologies which enable energy efficiency, or is considering entering the marketplace, you will find this report invaluable. It provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current global market for energy efficient and efficiency-enabling ICTs, as well as projected markets and trends through 2015.
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Market Insights: A Selection From The Report
The function of a data center is to house the infrastructure needed to store and serve vast amounts of data. These facilities house servers, storage devices, network equipment, power supplies, cooling equipment and other infrastructure. An estimated 33 million servers were in use within data centers globally in 2005. This number is expected to grow to more than 122 million by 2020.
Data centers consumed 130 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2005, or 0.7% of the world’s electricity generation that year. About half of the electricity consumed within a data center is used to power servers and storage devices, while approximately 45% of the electricity used by the data center is for cooling systems and the balance for operation of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Assuming no energy reduction initiatives, by 2010 electric consumption of data centers will have grown to 210 billion kilowatt hours and to 355 billion kilowatt hours by 2015. Data centers would then account for over 1.5% of projected total global electricity generation in 2015.
The forecasted energy consumption and associated carbon emissions shown in Figure 3-3 above assume no energy reduction initiatives. However, there are several technological developments and trends underway which will lead to reduced energy use within data centers. These includeIn the News
ICT Products and Solutions Save Global Energy, Amass Billions
New York, March 8, 2010 - SBI Energy, the leading industrial market research firm behind bestselling titles Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Manufacturing and Smart Grid Micro Grid Energy T&D and Storage, has added ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrialto its growing catalog of reports covering sustainable power resources worldwide.
ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrialdetails the global market for information and communications technology (ICT) products. The report forecasts the global value of ICT products and solutions across all sectors will grow from $170 billion in 2010 to over $478 billion in 2015.
The ICT sector is a large and fast-growing sector of the global energy economy. It is important because the energy consumed in using ICT products - computers, data centers, cell phones - is enormous. According to SBI Energy report analysts Shannon Shuflat and Akash Shah, the use of ICT products across wide ranging applications currently accounts for 6% of the world’s electricity consumption and 2% of global carbon emissions.
Ongoing technological innovations are enabling the ICT sector to improve the in-use energy efficiency of its products, including personal computers and peripherals, data center equipment and telecommunications devices and networks. These innovations are expected to improve overall ICT product energy efficiency by 38% by 2015 as compared to 2005 levels.
ICT products are capable of reducing energy losses in the generation and transmission of electric power, reducing the energy consumed in transportation and storage logistics, and reducing energy consumption of buildings from design through operations, among other capabilities. ICTs also offer solutions that can enable grid modernization and optimization which can be more cost effective and faster to implement than solely adding new infrastructure to the world’s electric grids.
The ICT sector is making significant advances in the energy efficiency of the products it produces and the application of its energy efficient technologies to reduce energy consumption and emissions by other sectors. ICT Energy Efficiency: Commercial and Industrialidentifies the need for improved energy efficiency and introduces several of the most significant opportunities to improve energy efficiency through the use of ICTs over the next five years.
Three factors driving demand for ICTs are, increasing demand for energy due to population and economic growth; increasing fuel prices and limited fuel availability; and regulatory intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Enabling energy efficiency across a range of sectors, in addition to improving the in-use energy efficiency of its own products, makes the ICT market one to watch,” says Shelley Carr, publisher for SBI Energy.
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