ITU, together with the
Italian Ministry of Economic Development, is organizing the first
Green Standards Week from 5 to 9 September in Rome, Italy.
Hosted by Telecom
Italia, the cluster of workshops that make up the event will focus on
raising awareness of the importance of using ICT standards to build a
green economy and combat climate change. Full remote participation
will be made possible with video, streamed audio and the ability to
submit questions online via a moderator.
A High-Level Segment (HLS)
will provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT
industry with an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help
in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to Durban (COP-17) and in
preparation for the Earth Summit Rio +20, to be held in 2012. The HLS
will aim to set transparent policy objectives and targets to measure
and improve government green ICT strategies and standards, including
ICT-enabled applications across the economy.
The first workshop will focus
on methodologies for environmental impact assessment of ICT, and will
examine work underway to measure the impact of ICTs on climate
change, and how to standardize the way to calculate the reduction of
GHG in ICT operation. This workshop will be jointly organized with
the European Commission.
A second workshop will look
at moving to a green economy through ICT standards, exploring how
ICTs can help to address climate change and build a green economy,
and shedding light on standards, policies and best practices. This
workshop will be jointly organized with Telecom Italia and will be
opened by the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Paolo Romani.
The third workshop in the
series will focus on using submarine communication networks to
monitor the climate and provide tsunami warnings. It aims to
encourage the development of new technologies and standards and to
explore business opportunities for telecommunication companies to
become active players in monitoring climate change. This workshop
will be jointly organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission of UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Dr. Hamadoun Touré,
Secretary General, ITU: “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has put
sustainability right at the top of the agenda for the United Nations
in 2011. One problem we face is that while lip service is paid across
the planet to the concept of sustainability, there is still
surprisingly little action being taken. The main reason, I believe,
is that the economic case for sustainability has not in fact been
made convincingly – and here, the ICT sector and standards have a
powerful potential role to play”.
Green Standards Week, which
is sponsored by Huawei, Research in Motion, Alcatel Lucent and
Microsoft, will bring together leading specialists in the field, from
top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government
officials, regulators, standards experts and others. It is open to
participation by the press.
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