Moving the climate agenda forward through green ICTs
ITU together with the Ministry for Economic Development of Italy organized the Eighth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, hosted by Telecom Italia. The Symposium was held on 6-7 May 2013 at Telecom Italia’s innovation laboratories in Turin, Italy. This was the eighth Symposium on climate change following successful events held between 2008 and 2012 in Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul, Cairo, Accra and Montreal.
The main purpose of the Symposium was to move forward the agenda on using ICTs to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and, in this light, identify future requirements for ITU’s related work – including standardization of ICT equipment and networks as well as development activities.
The Symposium in Turin was dedicated to the theme of Smart Sustainable Cities and it focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in the world and the needs for smart green ICT technologies. Topics discussed included, inter alia, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste, disaster preparedness, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, ICT technologies for smart cities and smart societies, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy.
The Symposium brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
Press Release, May 2013