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ICTs and Climate Change: Finding Solutions
COP 14, 10 December 2008, Poznań, Poland
Econcern Sustainable Energy Event at The World Trade Center - Conference Room 1

Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with GeSI and e5 Group

Through their manufacture, maintenance and use, information and communication technologies (ICTs) currently contribute an estimated 2% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The recent SMART 2020 GeSI/TCG report – “enabling the low carbon economy in the information age” confirms that, despite the major anticipated advances in the energy efficiency of products, the ICT sector’s own footprint is expected to grow at six per cent per year (CAGR) and double by 2020 (from 2 to 3%) driven by increased technology uptake in the world.

But the new report reveals also significant opportunities for emissions reductions and how cost savings can be leveraged by applying ICT to global infrastructure and industry. Through enabling other sectors to reduce their emissions, the ICT industry could reduce global emissions by as much as 15 per cent by 2020 – a volume of CO2e five times its own footprint in 2020.

If global businesses systematically used ICT to realise all of the solutions indicated in the report they would unlock global energy efficiency savings of over EUR 500 billion*.

A new study on “Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Energy Efficiency”, commissioned by the European Commission**, supports these findings. Given the political framework in place, the net energy savings enabled by ICT in 2020 can amount from 111.3 Twh of EU-27 total electricity consumption to 2,127 Twh.

This enabling effect is due to ICT’s unique ability to allow us to measure, optimise and therefore manage energy consumption.

As part of a major new initiative on the overall topic of ICTs and climate change, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (e5) will organize a side-event on "ICTs and Climate Change: Finding Solutions" where top decision-makers from governments, international organizations and industry will share their views and solutions on how ICTs can help to address climate change.

PROGRAMME - Wednesday, 10 December 2008
10:00 - 10:50 | 1ST PART
  Opening remarks
 Mr. Sebastian Gallehr, Chief Executive Director, e5 European Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  Adapting to climate change with ICTs
Mr. Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - Presentation Power Point format icon
  Presentation of SMART 2020 Report
Mr. Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman  - Presentation Power Point format icon
  Presentation of EU Study report
Mr. Shailendra Mudgal, Senior Vice President, BIO Intelligence Service - Presentation Pdf format icon
  Question and answers
10:50 — 11:05 | COFFEE BREAK
11:05 - 12:30 | 2ND PART
  Panel discussion on ICTs and Climate Change

Moderator: ITU – Mr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary-General and Chairman of the ITU Climate Change and Emergency Telecommunications Task Force

  Questions and answers
  Closing remarks
Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU


*calculated as at December 2007 prices and not including a carbon price which may emerge if a global carbon market is established

** prepared by Bio Intelligence Service, the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (e5) and Fraunhofer Institut (IZM). Therefore, all opinions expressed in the study are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the European Commission`s official position.


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