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HIGHLIGHTS from 2011
Moving the climate change agenda forward with ICTs

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ITU and climate change

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Acting on climate change:
the UN system delivering as one

ITU's participation at the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference

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Publications released during 2011

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Special issue of ITU News
on Green ICTs

ICT applications
Policies and regulation
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Other key events organized by ITU during 2011

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ITU hosted a Green ICT Application Challenge, sponsored by Blackberry and Telefonica, to find the best and most innovative ICT application that would help combat climate change. The application “Smart Recycling” was awarded the winner of the competition. Designed by Lis Lugo Colls, from Spain, the application aims to help mobile users locate recycling and garbage bins within their area, and provide advice generally on recycling.

Special mentions were given the applications "Make me green", "Effi-e Play Green", "Mobile App to Use a Vehicle to its Fullest Capacity" and "A Community-Based System for Biodiversity Degradation".

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Related news: Meet the winner of the ITU Green ICT App Challenge


Accra Symposium endorsed a Call to Action to advocate the role of ICTs to enhance environmental sustainability

The 6th ITU  Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change was held in Accra, Ghana in July 2011. The event followed the successful series of ITU symposia on ICTs and climate change conducted since 2008 in the cities of Kyoto, London, Quito, Seoul and Cairo.

The event in Accra was the first to address the broader issue of sustainable development, identifying a number of possible recommendations from the ICT sector that could be presented to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012 or Rio+20).

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Related news: Technology a key tool in addressing environmental sustainability

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Use of ICTs for reducing GHG emissions and e-waste

New recommendation Resources

ITU-T L.1410
"Methodology for environmental impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) goods, networks and services
. This Recommendation provides a standardized way of assessing the direct environmental impact of ICT goods, networks and services, as well as their indirect effect on the greenhouse gas emissions of non-ICT sectors.

ITU-T L.1300
“Best Practices for Green Data Centers”
.  This Recommendation outlines best practices for the use, management and planning of data centres, for cooling and power equipment, for the optimum design of data centre buildings, and for the monitoring of data centres after construction.

ITU-T L.1100
“A method to provide recycling information of rare metals in ICT products ”
.  This Recommendation details the procedures to be employed when recycling rare materials included in ICT equipment. The recommendation outlines key considerations in all phases of the recycling process, and provides guidelines as to how organizations may fairly and transparently report on rare metal recycling. 

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