ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee Submits Recommendations on Green Deal
ACM’s Europe Technology Policy Committee submitted comments to the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission in support of the comprehensive and ambitious sweep of the Commission’s Green Deal. Europe TPC strongly concurred with the Commission’s premise that realizing true energy efficiencies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector will be critical to Europe’s success in meeting the Green Deal’s appropriately aggressive climate targets.
Europe TPC also urged the Commission to set specific and mandatory emissions targets and legal limitations for the ICT sector, including:
- setting a carbon tax;
- legislating specific and ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements accompanied by suitable enforcement mechanisms for the ICT sector; and
- employing strategically detailed regulation grounded in the realities of the marketplace to encourage increased data centre efficiencies.
Europe TPC also cautioned against the use of any proof-of-work based distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain, for supply chain management purposes, as its exorbitant power consumption requirements are fundamentally incompatible with the goals of the Green Deal.
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