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The European Commission aims to make sure ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) contribute to the development of a more sustainable Europe and is, therefore, focusing on Energy Efficiency, Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation. The Recommendation adopted by the European Commission in 2009 entitled "mobilising Information and Communications Technologies to facilitate the transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy" provides the policy framework for our activities in this area and aims to unlock the energy efficiency potential of the ICT sector in various ways. It calls upon the ICT industry to develop a framework to measure its energy and environmental performance and set itself energy efficiency targets, which has led to the setting up of the ICT for Energy Efficiency Forum by stakeholders.
Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020.
The flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe under the Europe 2020 strategy supports the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy to achieve sustainable growth. Natural resources underpin our economy and our quality of life. Continuing our current patterns of resource use is not an option. Increasing resource efficiency is key to securing growth and jobs for Europe.