Workshop on research and technological development (R&TD) of energy efficiency in cloud computing

A validation workshop was held on 10 September 2019 at the meeting venue “the”, Rue d'Arlon 80, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.

The aims of the current study are to examine the demand for electrical energy caused by cloud computing, to determine the decisive factors influencing electricity consumption in cloud computing and to explore how electricity consumption is expected to develop in the future.



To achieve this objective, Umweltbundesamt and Borderstep analysed key technological areas in order to derive recommendations on further R&TD policy options, which were discussed during the validation workshop.

Workshop Outline

+ Keynotes by the EU Commission and well-known cloud computing providers and standardization organization

+ Study interim results: ‘The energy consumption of cloud data centres in the EU and outlook’

+ Background information and Workshop input: Online survey and interviews with cloud computing energy experts and stakeholders.

+ Participatory workshop on policy options – stacked in three sequential exploration areas, each with individual input, table discussions and plenary feedback. 

+ Transparency, data availability, allocation of energy consumption and standards

+ Management and operation optimization in cloud computing

+ Technological innovation support for specific issues

Final discussion and feedback in plenary. 

All moderated by Peter Woodward