The impact of human activities on the environment – and on climate change in particular – are issues of growing concern confronting life on Earth. Concurrently, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being rapidly deployed around the world. Although ICTs require energy resources, they also offer opportunities to monitor, learn about and protect the environment, reduce carbon emissions, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
ITU initiated a bold new work programme in 2008 with its strategy on ICTs and environment
, to ensure that the vital role of ICTs is taken into account in global strategies to address climate change and e-waste. As part of this strategy, ITU-D Programme 5*
develops reports, toolkits and educational material to raise awareness among its Member States on climate change, e-waste and the role ICTs play and can play in mitigation and adaptation activities. ITU-D also provides direct assistance to Member States in project planing and implementation.
ITU-D Study Group 2: Question 24/2 - ICT and Climate Change
Within the Development Sector, Study Group 2; Question 24/2 focuses on the issues of ICT and climate change emerging as a global concern and requiring global collaboration by all concerned, in particular the developing countries (which are the most vulnerable group of countries with respect to climate change). Question 24/2 undertakes studies regarding international initiatives in this domain, which are seeking to develop sustainable development and identify ways and means in which ICTs can help monitor such climate change and facilitate in reduction of overall global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.