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ICTs and Climate Change


GREEN.1 : Green@ict: A digital new deal
Tuesday, 06 October 2009, 11:00 - 12:30, Room C

In today's economic crisis, Green ICT and ICT as a tool for greening other industries, are not only good tools for dealing with Climate Change but also as tools for economic sustainability. Hence it is no wonder that a key component of the economic stimulus agenda in US, Japan, Europe and many other regions, is the development of smart cities, of smart grids, of funding Green Research and Development. Today, we have the opportunity where smart homes, smart appliances, smart transportation, smart energy grids will all converge to enable us to use less energy, store more energy, monitor climate change, buy and sell renewable sources of energy, live, learn and play on seamless networks. However, one of the major obstacles remains that for now these are separate industries with different modus operandi and regulatory bodies.
KEY QUESTIONS: -Are we at a very unique juncture of history where the crossroads between ICT and Energy Technologies offer us with myriad options to alleviate the Climate Crisis, Financial Crisis and the Security Crisis all in one swoop? -Is it time we coordinate the upgrading of the Energy Grid and broadband networks to maximize an effective intelligent energy information highway? -Should the role of ICT in Climate Change be central to the upcoming Copenhagen conference as a follow up from the Kyoto Climate change meeting?


Moderator
* Mr Marc Gottschalk, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, United States

Panellists
* Mr Hans Vestberg, CFO and incoming CEO , Ericsson - Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Sweden
* Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization , WMO
* Mr Robert G. Conway, CEO & Member of the Board, GSMA, United Kingdom
* Mr Henry Derwent, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Switzerland
* Mr Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman Founder and CEO, VNL, India
* Mr Michael Keating, Executive Director, Africa Progress Panel / Kofi Annan Foundation, Switzerland