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International symposium in Montreal focuses on climate change and green ICTs

Montreal this week is hosting an international symposium on the challenge of green information and communication technologies (ICT) at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


May 28, 2012  


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Montreal this week is hosting an international symposium on the challenge of green information and communication technologies (ICT) at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The importance of successfully meeting this challenge lies in the mainly untapped opportunity of annual savings of $800 billion dollars in energy efficiency and the elimination of 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, organizers say.

Since 2008, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations organization, has been rallying the international ICT sector to focus on ICTs as an essential part of the solution to climate change.

As a member state of ITU, Canada is the host of this seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, organized by PROMPT, an organization that stimulates university-industry R&D partnerships in information and communication technologies.

“Quebec has demonstrated great leadership in promoting renewable energy and green ICTs, which constitute a growth area, from both an environmental and an economic standpoint. We believe in the potential of green ICTs and are proud to host this major event that confirms the strategic role of Quebec and Montreal in their development”, said Charles Despins, president of PROMPT.