andrew houghton

Presentation abstract

Andrew Houghton will offer a contribution on “Green ICT in the European Union“: This presentation reviews the challenges for green ICT in the European Union. The potential contributions  of ICT towards meeting some key policy challenges, including climate change and energy efficiency, are discussed. The EU policy framework and the current ICT energy footprint are presented. The challenge of developing “greener” ICT technology is addressed, in the context of increased use of ICTs in the future. The contributions of the FP7 Framework Research programme towards meeting these challenges are presented. In particular, several FP7 ICT projects are addressing the implications of energy efficiency as a primary design goal for future networks and the Future Internet.


Andrew Houghton is Deputy Head of the Unit “Future Networks“, in the Directorate-General Information Society and Media of the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium. He received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Sussex, UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK. After five years with BT Research Labs, he joined STC /Northern Telecom Optoelectronics, in production of components for optical communications systems.

He joined the European Commission in 1992, working initially as a  Project Officer in the area of optical networks, and subsequently in the area of “Broadband for All” and the area of  “Mobile and Wireless Beyond 3G“. He is currently responsible for projects of the ICT FP7 Research Programme, in the “Network of the Future” Objective. The Objective addresses research and innovation of all aspects of network infrastructure technology, including new energy-efficient network architectures.

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