December 22, 2014
ITU members have achieved first-stage approval (‘consent’) of a new methodology to assess the environmental impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of cities. The methodology will assist in making the case for Smart Sustainable Cities, providing an internationally recognized means of quantifying the extent to which the application of ICTs can improve the environmental sustainability of city infrastructures and operations.
The new methodology is the latest addition to the ITU-T L.1400 series, joining methodologies for the lifecycle assessment of ICT goods, networks and services; the analysis of the effect of ICTs on the environmental impact of organizations; and the evaluation of ICT projects targeting gains in energy efficiency and decreases in GHG emissions.
“We are living through the highest rates of urbanization the world has ever seen and improving the environmental sustainability of cities has become a central policy objective of administrations worldwide,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ICTs can contribute to achieving this objective, and this methodology will go a long way in improving lives in our cities.”
The new methodology was approved by ITU-T Study Group 5 (SG5) at its meeting in Kochi, India this month.