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ITU TELECOM ASIA FORUM to address climate change

Business opportunities seen in adopting environment-friendly ICT


Geneva, 4 August 2008

What: ITU TELECOM Forum: Going Green — Feel Good or Good Business?
When: Wednesday, 3 September 2008, 11:30 − 13:00
Where: IMPACT Challenger Convention Centre, Jupiter Room 4-5, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand.
Why: Climate change is a global challenge that demands urgent attention. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are vital instruments in monitoring the spread of global warming as well as part of the solution in promoting carbon displacement technologies. At the same time, in an increasingly ‘switched on’ society, ICTs are also becoming a part of the cause of global warming. Although ICTs contribute only an estimated 2.5 per cent of total greenhouse gases, this is set to increase as ICT usage expands globally.

New technologies that increase efficiencies provide opportunities for monitoring and protecting the environment, mitigating the effects of global warming and adapting to climate change. In its commitment to connecting the world, ITU advances a green ICT agenda and leads environment-friendly initiatives to monitor climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of ICT while enabling other sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It makes good business sense to go green, especially during the current global energy crunch. What are some of the emerging climate-friendly technologies and business models? How can ICTs contribute as part of the solution? How can ICT vendors and providers be more environmentally responsible — or do governments need to step in and regulate? What types of metrics need to be developed to arrive at a real understanding of the impact of ICTs on climate change in terms of greenhouse gas emissions or savings generated in other industry sectors?

These are only a handful of the issues that will be discussed at this ITU TELECOM ASIA Forum aimed at advancing green ICT.

Who: Green ICT innovators and developers, climate change experts, academics.
  • For further information on ICTs and Climate Change see here.
  • The Telecommunication Development Symposium will address ICTs and Climate Change: The Development Challenge on 4 September. See here.
  • The Youth Forum will hold a workshop on Climate Change and Emergency Telecommunications on 5 September. See here.
  • For other Forum sessions at ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008, see here.
  • Online registration for Visitors and Forum participants is available here.
  • Media accreditation

    Accreditation for media and industry analysts for ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 is available here.

    All journalists and industry analysts who wish to gain full access to information and benefit from media services for this event need to be accredited.

    Accreditation to ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 will provide access to the Exhibition, Forum and Media Centre as well as:

  • ITU Reports issued at the event
  • Forum Proceedings
  • VIP interview availability schedules
  • Media and analyst events scheduled by participants
  • Contact details for participants’ Press officers
  • For more information, please click here or contact:

    Sanjay Acharya
    Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
    Tel: +41 22 730 5046
    Mobile : +41 79 249 4861
    Howard Williams
    Acting Head, Forum Division
    Tel: +41 22 730 6227

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