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Green eGovernment: Making public administration greener with eGovernment

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Submitted by: Zoi Konstantinou (European Dynamics)
Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 16 October 2013

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In a nutshell

The eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 calls upon the Commission to examine the potential of eGovernment to reducing carbon footprint of governments including best practices and also invites Member States to develop and agree indicators and evaluation procedures for measuring the reduction of the carbon footprint of their administrations as a result of eGovernment services.

In this policy context, the European Commission (DG Connect unit H3 Public Services) and ePractice.eu organise a workshop under the title ‘Green eGovernment: Making public administration greener with green eGovernment’ on 16 October 2013, to discuss Member States’ feedback regarding current procedures for carbon footprint savings as a result of eGovernment services. The workshop seeks to bring together experience on how improvement of public organisation processes can be accompanied by ‘green’ policies and thus result to carbon footing savings. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of opinions, to cultivate constructive dialogue and to develop policy implementation opportunities.

The main objective is that European Commission and MS to be able to estimate the carbon footing savings that result from eGovernment services. In order to achieve this, specific targets, indicators and evaluating procedures for measuring the reduction of the carbon footprint of MS administrations as a result of eGovernment services need to be developed and agreed.

Best practices, ideas and methodologies on the matter will be presented.

Event Topics & Questions

-  Do public organisations in your country gather measurement data regarding the carbon footprint savings as a result of eGovernment Services? How is this done and what sort of data is collected?

-  What are the key indicators and targets that should be utilized to measure how eGovernment services contribute to carbon footprint savings?

-  How can existing MS initiatives and best practices on targets, methodologies and evaluation procedures be identified and further disseminated?

-  How and to what extent can methodologies developed by international standardisation organizations be applicable in public administrations and help MS make achieve reductions in carbon emissions as a result of greener eGovernment services?

-  What are the eGovernment services that at present have the greatest potential for carbon footprint savings?

-  How can public administrations leverage the opportunity offered by Green eGovernment services?

-  What is the best way to establish a common understanding of commitments, targets and methodology among stakeholders?


This event anticipates robust participation by eGovernment experts, practitioners and stakeholders, across the public and private sectors, such as CIOs and other C-suite executives, civil servants, representatives of governmental authorities, academics, environmentalists and IT professionals. The event’s agenda will include presentations from high-level speakers from the EU and Member States administrations, international bodies and the private sector.


To register for this event, please create an ePractice account if you are not a current member. Subsequently, kindly login and once you are in this page, simply click on the yellow button on your right hand side that reads Participate in this event to activate your registration. ePractice members can simply login and click on the same page as described above.

Submission of summaries/PPT slides

To be considered for a speaker placement for this event, kindly submit a summary of one page and 3 PPT slides of your intended presentation to vassilia.orfanou@eurodyn.com or zoi.konstantinou@eurodyn.com with a cc to events@eurodyn.com. Regarding your summary, please download and complete the "Proposal form" that may be found in the presentation and documents section below. Final presentations should not exceed 6 power point slides and should be concise and factual. 


A few selected speakers will set the scene with a 15 minute presentation and the rest of the programme will be dedicated to roundtable discussions and networking purposes.

Important Dates

-         Submission of summaries - presentations: 13 September 2013

-         Speaker participation confirmation: 20 September 2013

-         Submission of final presentations: 4 October 2013

-         Event date: 16 October 2013

-         Publication of Event proceedings: Beginning of November


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Green eGovernment: Making public administration greener with eGovernment
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 1160, Brussels

09:30 - 10:00Registration
 EC Welcome & Opening
10:00 - 10:15Introduction & Welcome by the European Commission
Jean-Francois Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, CNECT.H31
10:15 - 10:30Methodologies for the assessment of the environmental impact of ICT
Kyriakos Baxevanidis, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, CNECT.H52
 Best Practices from Member States
10:30 - 10:50The UK Green eGovernment Case
Bob Crooks, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)3
10:50 - 11:10The NL Green eGovernment Case
Steven Luitjens, Logius
Joris Gresnigt, Logius 4
11:10 - 11:30The PT Green eGovernment Case 
Cláudia Gonçalves Barroso, PT Agency for the Public Services Reform (AMA)5
11:30 - 11:50Coffee break
 Stakeholder Perspectives
11:50 - 12:05Towards Greener eGovernment: Establishing innovative tools and services
Sylvia Archmann, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)6
12:05 - 12:30Challenges from the transfer of Green e-Gov technologies to government organizations
Edward Curry & Adegboyega Ojo, INSIGHT @ NUI Galway, The Centre for Data Analytic7
12:20 - 12:30Morning Session Q & A
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00Knowledge Café - Round Table Discussion
15:00 - 15:15Quantifying carbon reductions enabled by ICT
Alice Prudhoe, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GESI) 8
15:15 - 15:30Carbon footprint reduction on logistics - Integrating CFR with eGov services
Rui Barros, INESC TEC - INESC Technology and Science9
15:30 - 15:45Environmental Impact of eGov Services: Identifying quick wins via transactional data
Katerina Pramatari, Athens University of Economics & Business10
15:45 - 16:00Energy City Szentgotthard (HU) - Luzern (CH)
Tunde Kallai, COMARG11
16:00 - 16:15Afternoon Session Q & A
16:15 - 16:45Concluding remarks by the European Commission

1Unit CNECT.H3 (Public Services) leads the development and deployment of EU Digital Public Services, based on the eGov Action Plan 2011-2015. Also leads the preparation and coordination of the CEF Digital Service infrastructures (DSIs).
2Unit CNECT.H5 (Smart Cities & Sustainability) assures a positive contribution of digital technologies to improving energy security and resource utilization, and reducing carbon emissions across the EU, and creating avenues for innovation and growth.
3DEFRA is UK's government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the UK.
4Logius is the State Agency of the NL Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) responsible for ICT issues and digital government services.
5AMA, the PT state agency for the Public Services Reform, coordinates measures, programmes and projects aimed at modernising and simplifying the public administration, the electronic administration and the distribution of public services.
6EIPA, is the European learning and development centre for the public sector.
7DERI, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, is a research institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Its is to be recognized as one of the leading international web science research institutes interlinking technologies, information and people to advance business and benefit society.
8GeSi, the Global e-Sustainable Initiative, is an international strategic partnership of ICT companies and industry associations committed to creating and promoting technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability and drive economic growth and productivity.
9INESC is an Associate Laboratory forming a robust centre of scientific and technological development in Portugal.
10AUEB is the leading Economics and Business University in Greece. It is the third oldest higher educational institute and the oldest in the fields of Economics and Business in Greece.
11COMARG is a communication, marketing and public relations agency.

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