ITU-T, Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as satellites, mobile phones or the Internet, are capable of playing a key role in addressing the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development.
By raising awareness on ICT’s role in tackling environmental challenges including climate change, ITU-T is promoting innovative ICT solutions to environmental questions and is developing green ICT standards to support a sustainable future, in areas such as:
Assessment of environmental impact of ICTs
Climate change adaptation and mitigation
E-waste and circular economy
Smart Sustainable Cities
Smart Water Management
Importance of Global Standards
ITU-T is the standardization branch of ITU. Assembled in specific Study Groups, international experts from 193 Member States, 700 Sector Member and 65 Academia Members develop the standards called ITU-T Recommendations.
In particular, the ITU-T Study Group 5 offers the ideal platform for climate change stakeholders to exchange knowledge and expertise with the aim of identifying policy and standard needs to support the integration of ICTs in tackling climate change.
ITU-T Recommendations are beneficial to:
Drive competitiveness, for individual businesses and world economy
Reduce technical barriers
Manufacturers, network operators and consumers
Reduce negative impacts on the environment
The important ITU-T Recommendations on ICTs, environment and climate change, circular economy and energy efficiency developed by ITU-T Study Group 5 can be found here.