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ITU highlights role of ICT in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The International Telecommunication Union issued a statement today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, ...


December 12, 2007  


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The International Telecommunication Union issued a statement today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia, demonstrating the part played by information and communication technologies (ICT) as both a cause and a potential cure for climate change.

Highlighting activities that address climate change, ITU stated that ICT can play a vital role in combating climate change. They can be used for remote monitoring of climate change and gathering important scientific data for instance, using telemetry or remote sensing by satellite.

Furthermore, smart technologies can usher in a whole new generation of energy-efficient products, notably in next-generation networks (NGN) where ITU’s Standardization sector (ITU-T) is carrying out vital specialized work.

The conference, which wraps up on Friday, has brought together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the media.

ITU pointed out that the proliferation of ICT products in homes and offices, and their deployment throughout the world, places an increasingly heavy burden on energy consumption.

“The late night glow in homes and offices emanating from computers, DVD players, TVs and battery chargers is all too familiar,” it said. “The move to always-on services like broadband or mobile phones on standby has greatly increased energy consumption compared with fixed-line telephones, which do not require an independent power source. Energy demands caused by high-tech lifestyles in some countries are now being replicated in others.”