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Green Standards Week to drive tech sustainability strategies

ITU’s second annual ‘Green Standards Week’ (GSW), to be held in Paris from Sept. 17-21, will stimulate the creation of international ‘green ICT’ standards with a view to further expanding the capabilities of...


August 1, 2012  


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ITU’s second annual ‘Green Standards Week’ (GSW), to be held in Paris from Sept. 17-21, will stimulate the creation of international ‘green ICT’ standards with a view to further expanding the capabilities of information and communication technologies to boost environmental efficiency across all industry sectors.

Organized by ITU and TechAmerica Europe and hosted by Microsoft Corp., it will gather policy makers, regulators, private sector entities, research institutes and standards development organizations (SDOs) to discuss the standardization of ICT from an environmental perspective. A High-Level Segment featuring key industry and government figures will discuss the role of global standards in spreading access to green ICT, as well the development of new standards that reflect the interdependence of industry sectors.

The main focus of this year’s forum will be the impact of ICTs on the environment. Forum sessions on e-waste challenges and ‘greening’ the ICT supply chain will look at means of minimizing the lifecycle environmental impact of ICT products.

“Environmental sustainability has rightly become one of the highest priorities for policy makers worldwide,” said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General. “We now recognize that, over the long term, economic growth at the expense of the environment breeds greater costs than it does benefits. We need decisive actions that can deliver on the world’s commitment to a greener future – and the standards being produced by ITU’s Standardization Sector (ITU-T) represent just such actions.”