This project, launched on November 29th 2011, is based on a public-private partnership with the aim of developing and demonstrating new ICT products and services for reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption, and in general ICTs with a positive environmental impact on Quebec, Canada and the world.
November 29, 2011 - Official announcement of the Equation project by the Quebec government.More info
Green ICT offers the potential to reconcile economic and sustainable development in the 21st century carbon economy. Share our vision.More info
Six industry partners are leading the first phase of the initiative. Learn more about these projects and discover the opportunities to become part of the Equation.More info
TechnologY + EcologY = EconomY
Over the last three years, Prompt has been advocating Green ICT as a major opportunity for the ICT community and the broad set of ICT users throughout various sectors of human activity. Green ICT has been shown to represent a potential opportunity of $800-billion per year in energy efficiency worldwide as well as of a 15% reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the 2010-2013 Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (QRIS), the non-profit industry-university R&D consortium Prompt has been selected by the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE) to develop and coordinate a major initiative on this theme with an initial core of 6 companies identified by the MDEIE.
Prompt and the six industry partners involved in the genesis of the project, now called “Equation”, acknowledge the Quebec government’s leadership for having recognized not only this undeniable economic opportunity for the ICT sector, but also the strategic value of Green ICT concepts for any jurisdiction, such as Quebec, rich in renewable and clean energies. Indeed, as Green ICTs offers a concrete potential for fighting climate change, they can also form the basis for a digital strategy in the 21st century carbon economy. As ICTs are also ubiquitous productivity tools in all sectors of human activity, they offer an unparalleled potential to reconcile economic and sustainable development.
The project is based on a public-private partnership with the aim of developing and demonstrating new IT products and systems for reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption, or in general developing ICTs with a positive environmental impact on Quebec, Canada and the world.
The Equation project draws on various ICT subsectors in which Quebec industry has leading expertise, such as microelectronics, optics-photonics, wireless, hardware and computing services and telecommunications. Specifically, the project will accelerate product development in the realm of “telco cloud” and cloud computing infrastructures as well as smart grids, leveraging Quebec’s expertise in order to grow the province’s exports. From an initial core of six industry partners, the Equation project seeks to mobilize a broader community of strategic players from Quebec, Canada and around the globe.
For an eco-friendly and prosperous future
While Quebec, Canada and the world face major economic and social challenges, our future is foreseen to be green and prosperous. As such, we must start building the world of tomorrow – a more productive, highly connected and eco-friendly world. In order to be a the forefront of efforts to achieve such ambitious goals, Quebec is focusing on a strategy that brings together its top players in targeted strategic initiaties such as Equation.
Green ICT offers the potential to reconcile economic and sustainable development in the 21st century carbon economy. It offers an unparalleled potential not only to form the basis for a digital economy strategy but also to reconcile economic and sustainable developmentl.
These major innovative projects already include projects on eco-friendly airplanes, electric buses, biorefining technologies for the forestry industry and as well, environmentally friendly information and communication technologies: Green ICTs.
For many years, ICT's carbon footprint has grown at a fast pace. But today, the development of new generations of more energy-efficient and carbon-neutral ICT has become part of the solution. Whether involving innovative cloud computing projects or new smart utility technologies, we have the creativity, boldness and ingenuity to build a greener future and a more thriving economy.
With the support of the MDEIE, the six industry partners, their suppliers and the research community, the project will accelerate the development of telco cloud and cloud computing products, smart utility technologies and new ICT processes and systems with positive environmental impact. We will draw on Quebec’s know-how to grow our exports.
SOME CONCRETE INITIATIVES
MDEIE, Prompt and the six industry partners defined the project’s objectives and content over the course of 2011. The partners’ objectives are focused on two themes: telco cloud and cloud computing technologies and smart utility technologies.
The project’s partners are seeking to mobilize both the industry and research communities who recognize the Green ICT opportunity, thus creating new opportunities both for ICT SMEs and the academic community. Indeed, the various industry projects will open up possibilities for collaboration. This is the real opportunity to "be part of the Equation."
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The 2012-2013 activity report of the Equation project is also now available. Like its title 'The next evolution of ICT. The next great leap for our way of life', ICTs are an essential vector for sustainable development in the 21st century.
To keep in mind our environment, we invite you to consult the electronic versions of these two documents, directly on our website.
A unique international event in 2012
Prompt is pleased to invite you to the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) 7th Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, from May 29th to 31st 2012 in Montreal. Since 2008, this United Nations organization has been mobilizing the international ICT sector in order to address the Green ICT challenge, which offers an essentially untapped opportunity of 800 billion dollars annually in energy efficiency and of the elimination of 15% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
This seventh symposium on climate change follows the successful series of events held between 2008 and 2011 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul, Cairo and Accra.
The Montreal Symposium, the ITU’s first in North America, promises to be a seminal event, and will bring together hundreds of participants from around the globe to discuss Green ICT issues over three days.
Prompt therefore invites the ICT and environmental communities to participate in this landmark event!
WHERE: The event will be held on the premises of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, another United Nations agency, in downtown Montreal.
999 University Street Montreal (QC) Canada
WHEN: May 29th to 31st, 2012Register now
Prompt is proud to announce the launch of Equation, a major Green ICT initiative, made possible by a $30 million contribution from the Quebec government and a investment totalling $40 million from six industry partners. The announcement was made today in Quebec City by Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), The project is part of a public-private partnership approach announced in the 2010-2013 Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy. The six participating companies, identified in 2010 by the MDEIE, are CGI, Ericsson, Fujitsu Canada, IBM, Miranda Technologies Inc. and Teledyne DALSA.Download the press release
Be part of the Equation
Jacques Mc Neill, Coordinator, GreenICT Initiative
1155 University Street, Suite 903
Montréal (Québec) H3B 3A7, CANADA
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