Unequivocal and authoritative scientific evidence has elevated climate
change to the highest level of the political agenda – globally,
regionally and nationally. It is estimated that ICTs contribute around
2.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but will grow as
ICTs become more widely available. At the same time, ICTs can be a major
player in efforts to combat climate change and serve as a potent,
cross-cutting tool to limit and then to reduce GHG emissions across all
economic and social sectors.
The ITU recently organized two symposia (15-16 April 2008, Kyoto, Japan
and 17-18 June 2008, London, UK). As a follow up, based on the
expectations of the ITU-T Membership, on 11 July 2008 TSAG established
the ITU-T Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change.
The WTSA side event on ICT and Climate Change will provide an overview of
ITU-T activities on the topics, the concerns of member states and sector
members, and will be a forum for the Membership to discuss the role of
standardization in efforts to achieve a climate neutral ICT industry.
Opening remarks of the Chairman - Professor John Nkoma (Tanzania)