How can the energy efficiency of cloud computing be further improved?
  • © Jakub Jirsák

EU-EcoCloud

Energy-efficient cloud computing technologies and policies for an eco-friendly cloud market

In the EU-EcoCloud project, the energy consumption and energy efficiency potentials of cloud computing services in the EU are determined.

The digitalization of society and economy is accompanied by a significant increase in the use of cloud computing services. Applications and technologies such as video streaming, social networking, big data or artificial intelligence require significantly increasing capacities in data processing, storage and transmission.

The amount of data transmitted over the Internet is growing by about 30% annually. More and more data centers, some of them very large, are being built. New solutions in the area of industry 4.0 or autonomous driving are expected to significantly increase computing and storage capacities at the edges of the Internet in the future. In this context one speaks of Edge Computing.

  • What impact will these technological developments have on the energy requirements of cloud computing?
  • Which cloud services and devices will need the most energy in the future?
  • How can the energy efficiency of cloud computing be further improved?

The EU-EcoCloud project deals with these questions.

In a moderated stakeholder process, recommendations for action are developed for R&D policy, for public procurement and for minimum requirements and quality labels for energy-efficient cloud computing.

Borderstep News

Special Issue on Assessing and forecasting the sustainability impact of new ventures 21.10.2020

The Journal of Cleaner Production is planning a special issue to evaluate and forecast the impact of start-ups on sustainability. Borderstep director Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter is guest editor. Proposals can be submitted. More

Green start-ups need more tailwind 21.07.2020

An article on the Bertelsmann Foundation's innovation platform presents the Green Startup Monitor 2020. The team of authors analyzes which forms of funding help the community. One example is the StartGreen Award, which Borderstep has been presenting since 2015 as part of the Startup Week Germany. More

Green Startup Monitor 2020 15.07.2020

The key findings of our Green Startup Monitor 2020 are now available in English! Read about the key hurdles and the measures we recommend. More