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ITU responds to industry call to accelerate work on cleaner and greener environment

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set up a new group to work on standards related to the impact o...


July 11, 2008  


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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set up a new group to work on standards related to the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on climate change.

The group will focus in particular on the reduction of ICT emissions and how ICTs can assist in cutting emissions in other industry sectors such as energy, transportation and buildings.

Since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, in December 1997, the number of ICT users has tripled worldwide. It is estimated that the ICT sector produces between 2-3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

But ICTs are also seen as a part of the solution to the climate change challenge.

A key objective of the Focus Group will be to develop internationally agreed methodologies to describe and estimate the impact of ICTs on climate change, both directly and through their application in other industry sectors.