Cool IT Challenge

The IT sector is uniquely positioned to help the world shift to a prosperous clean energy economy, and the Cool IT Challenge is urging IT companies to put forth innovation, mitigate their own carbon footprint, and advocate for significant policy changes in the mutual interest of business and the climate.

I have always believed that IT is an engine of an efficient economy; it can also drive a greener one.

Michael Dell, Forbes Magazine Nov 2009

Greenpeace launched the Cool IT Challenge in 2009 to call on Information Technology (IT) companies to power technological solutions needed to fight climate change.

In 2008, The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) issued a report, called SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age, which showed how the IT sector can reduce economy-wide global emissions of up to 15 percent by 2020.

Read our factsheet or head over to the leaderboard to learn more about the Cool IT Challenge.

The latest updates


Energy Revolution 2015

Publication | 21 September, 2015 at 1:00

This is the year when the fight against climate change could take a dramatic turn. The conference in Paris in December presents political and business leaders with the opportunity to take the critical decisions needed if we are to keep average...

Delivering renewable energy for all: Let's go all the way!

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 15 September, 2015 1 comment

Little has been transformed more in recent years than the world of energy. It's hard to think of a sector that has undergone more changes in the years between the 2000 launch of the Millennium Development Goals and the new 2015...

A solar power revolution is beginning

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 4 September, 2015 1 comment

The 2000 people who live in the village of Dharnai, in Bihar – one of India's poorest states – had got used to living without electricity. But they didn't like it. High tension electric wires passed nearby, without powering even a...

The potential of wind power

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 3 September, 2015 1 comment

Imagine an advanced, industrialised country with a sophisticated economy and high energy needs being powered just by renewable energy. To be precise, wind power. This isn't some futuristic vision. It's already happened. For a short...

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