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 High Level Segment “Greening the Economy through ICT Standards”
 Paris, France, 19 September 2012 Contact:

Draft Programme

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 
08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:30 Opening Ceremony
  • Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Mauro Fazio, Head of International Relations, of Economic Development, Italy (on behalf of H.E. Mr Corrado Passera, Minister of Economic Development, Italy and host of the 1st Green Standards Week)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 High Level Segment (HLS): Green Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for a Sustainable Future

This HLS was designed to provide Ministers and senior ICT representatives with an opportunity to exchange views on issues of strategic importance such as climate change and energy efficiency and how ICTs can help to boost the transition to a low-carbon and resource efficient economy.

  • Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
  • H.E. Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications, Ghana
  • Hoda Baraka, First Deputy to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
  • Kevin Tao, President of Huawei Europe
  • Effendi Mohammad Ridwan, Commissioner, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Indonesia
  • Arnold Rajesh Kumar, Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority, India
  • Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Vice President, France Telecom/Orange
  • Minoru Takeno, Head, Corporate Environmental Strategy Unit, Fujitsu
  • Charles Shawcross on behalf of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
12:30 - 13:00 Award Ceremony of the ITU Green ICT Applications Challenge
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 17:30 Round Table: Cloud Computing: Driving the Transition to a Low-Carbon, Resource-Efficient and Socially Inclusive Green Economy

Cloud Computing is a critical enabling technology to the digitization of business models transforming the way we work and consume. Cloud computing will also revolutionize the use of information and data. However, this will increasingly demand the need for large data centres often seen to consume large amounts of energy.

This Roundtable which consisted of two panels looked at how ICTs and in particular cloud computing can help in adapting to the new environmental challenges such as climate change and resource efficiency.
  • PANEL ONE: Smart Living and New Ways of Working: explained how ICTs can dramatically reduce environmental footprints of governments, companies and households;
  • PANEL TWO: Moving to the cloud: concentrated on ICTs potential role in reduction of carbon emission of cloud adopters.
The aim of both panels was to uncover areas the audience of industry and government can take away and explore in more depth.

The core theme of both panels of the Round Table was Cloud Computing. We tried to explore and discover how it is being adapted and used, as well as, the barriers to accelerating its adoption; and, how to better explain/market its formidable role in moving to a green/sustainable economy.

Cloud Computing is a critical enabling technology to the digitisation of business models transforming the way we work and consume. Cloud Computing will also revolutionize the use of information and data. The Cloud has been described as a Tsunami wave of disruptive technology which has been decarbonizing industries through, for instance, dematerializing various industries from music, films, books, retail, transport, and rapidly moving to other sectors.

However, this will increasingly demand the need for innovation to ensure data centers and devices can reduce the consumption of energy and resources. Technology vendors will also need to reassure users as to data security, and, increasingly, privacy protection so that future legislation provides a suitable framework for this innovation.

 14:30 - 16:00 Part 1 - Smart Living and New Ways of Working:

The internet is increasingly offering solutions for users to travel less and work from home. Technology offers people to share their desktops and files, use web cams and devices and exchange video. New technology trends will accelerate this and offer tremendous opportunities to developing countries.

  • Ray Pinto, Senior Manager, Microsoft
  • Billy Linville, Vice President Public Affairs, AT&T
  • Philippe Richard, Green CTO Alcatel-Lucent
  • Luigi Gambardella, Chairman of ETNO
  • Luc Bas, Director of European Programmes and International States and Regions, The Climate Group
  • Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe
  • Jean-Jacques Sahel, Global Policy and Regulations Director, SKYPE

 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
 16:30 - 17:30 Part 2 - Moving to the cloud:

How can ICTs directly and indirectly lead to energy efficiencies and accelerate the transition for countries and companies to a low carbon economy? Which technology trends specifically will have the most impact?

Furthermore standards will play an important role and the discussion outlined how this will be possible. This panel discussion provided detailed facts, demystified myths and provided clear trends we can expect for the future.

  • James Lovegrove, TechAmerica Europe
  • Daniela Torres, Global Head of Climate Change Office, Telefonica
  • Peter Thomond, Managing Partner of Clever Together LLP
  • Patrick Crawford, Development Manager, CDP
  • Jonathan Sage, Governmental Programmes Executive, IBM
17:30 - 18:00 Closing Remarks and Outcome of the High Level Segment
  • Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU


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