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ICT stakeholders set out carbon commitments

Paris Declaration urges ITU to take lead in global green ICT strategies

Geneva, 24 September 2012 – Industry leaders outlined their commitment to a green agenda with a Declaration issued at the end of ITU’s Green Standards Week which was organized together with TechAmerica Europe and hosted by Microsoft in Paris. Agreed by over 150 participants from the private and public sectors, the document includes carbon commitments from leading ICT companies including:  Alcatel-Lucent; AT&T; Cisco; Dell; Fujitsu; Hewlett Packard; Huawei; Infosys; Intel; KPN; Microsoft; Nokia Siemens Networks; Orange, Telecom Italia and Telefónica.

The Declaration urges ITU to create new best practices and standards for green technologies and to create a ‘global platform’ to exchange information on green ICTs. This initiative will aim to raise public awareness of the potential positive effects of proper management of end-of-life ICT, for example refurbishment to help reduce the digital divide, and recycling business opportunities, but also of the negative environmental and health effects associated with inefficient or non-existent e-waste management.

In addition, ITU was asked to address the business challenges faced by the ICT industry in enabling other sectors to improve their business and sustainability performance, and to develop indicators for green ICTs giving rankings to countries that have agreed to participate.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said, “It is only by obtaining the hard evidence, by influencing policy outcomes and by developing and adopting environment friendly policies and standards in the ICT sector and beyond that we can preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.”

The principles of information sharing on the role of ICTs to enhance environmental sustainability and capacity building were strong sentiments in the Declaration and ITU took the opportunity at Green Standards Week to launch a range of reports that aim to facilitate the move to greener ICTs as well as ICTs to enable greener practices across different industry sectors.

The reports include:

The Declaration additionally states that, in addition to adopting smarter ICT through procurement, governments should promote existing energy efficient international standards and adopt an international regulatory framework that will encourage the creation of new companies and innovative technologies. This in turn will generate much-needed jobs and economic growth.

Green Standards Week also awarded the winner of the second ITU Green ICT Application Challenge, a global competition organized by ITU and supported by Telefónica to find the best and most innovative ideas for an ICT application to help promote “Sustainable Energy for All”. Designed by Andreas Kamilaris, from Cyprus, “SocialElectricity” is a Facebook application that allows people to compare their electricity footprint with their friends locally and nationally. The application aims to help people become aware of their electricity consumption and manage it more rationally.

The event also saw a Call to Action on Smart Sustainable Cities from participants of the ITU-EC forum on “Greener Smarter Better Cities”. The document calls upon municipalities, the ICT sector, policy makers, as well as international and regional organizations to identify and agree on key priorities to boost the development of sustainable, smart, climate-neutral urban areas. It highlights priorities under the following headings: mitigation; energy efficiency; waste management; water management; adaptation; smart architecture and infrastructure; smart mobility; suburban areas; community engagement; and smart sustainable cities.

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
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email sanjay.acharya@itu.int
Toby Johnson
Senior Communication Officer
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email toby.johnson@itu.int


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