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Governments urged to harness ‘power of ICT’ to cut emissions

Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.


April 4, 2012  


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Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report just released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action is the result of work conducted by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change, chaired by Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson and comprising several members of the Commission, representing industry, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Launched two years ago, the commission is a joint initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“Addressing climate change implies completely transforming our way of life, the way we work, the way we travel, shifting our model of development to a fairer, more sustainable model to ensure our survival,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. “We need to put at stake all the resources available to us, and mobilize the political will to turn discussions and negotiations into agreements and actions.”

“The understanding of the benefits that broadband can bring is at a global tipping point,” said Vestberg. “Its role in GDP growth, in enabling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and offsetting the effects of climate change is just now starting to be understood, because finally the deployment is there and the benefits can be realized. In today’s economic climate, societies need to develop, and with a solutions-driven approach to climate change, we can accelerate a new type of green growth while supporting global sustainable development goals.”