Green IT Research Forum
Borderstep co-founded the Green IT Research Forum. The platform was established by leading research institutions in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) in 2009 to foster exchange on developments in Green IT and to accompany such research by holding regular events for exchange on the topic.
Information and communication technology (ICT) forms the technical basis for today’s information and knowledge society and contributes decisively to economic development as a dynamic field of innovation.
Intelligent use of ICT can make a substantial contribution to achieving environmental and industrial policy goals, in particular for reducing energy and resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Possible savings potentials and the contribution to sustainable development do not become realities by themselves, but, instead, require targeted efforts on the part of everyone involved.
The Green IT Research Forum was established against this background in 2009 by leading research institutions in the field of environmentally friendly IT, or “green IT,” in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). Its members are the Borderstep Institute, the Institute for Information Technology OFFIS, Oldenburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT), and the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich.
The Green IT Research Forum has three central goals:
- support the exchange of information and experience about the national and international state of research in the fields of “Green in IT” and “Green through IT”
- identify important topics of the future and promising technologies of the future for Green IT and to elaborate the research and development needs they entail
- accompany and comment on governmental R&D strategies and support programs regarding what these strategies require for environmentally friendly IT.
To this end, the Research Forum regularly hosts events for carrying on exchange about these topics.
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
Digital energy management in existing buildings 20.09.2019
The Smart Living industry association has submitted a statement on the Building Energy Act to Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economics and Energy. In this statement, the association refers to the climate protection contribution of digitisation in buildings. Borderstep has calculated figures for the possible CO2 reduction through building automation systems in existing residential buildings in Germany. More