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International Symposium: "ICTs and Climate Change"
 Kyoto, Japan, 15 – 16 April 2008  Contact: 

Final Programme and Presentations

Kyoto International Conference Centre (

Organized jointly by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) Japan

Day 1, 15 April 2008

10:00 – 10:30

Opening ceremony

The adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, in December 1997, represented a landmark in the attempts by the international community to combat climate change, and the limitations in greenhouse gas emissions agreed in Kyoto will start to come into effect in 2008. In the intervening decade, the number of users of information and communication technologies (ICTs) worldwide has tripled. Kyoto is therefore the best place to launch a new work programme aimed at investigating the role that ICTs play in causing global warming, but also in monitoring, mitigating and adapting to climate change.

  • Welcome address: H.E. Mr. Satoshi NINOYU, Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
    [ Speech ]
  • Keynote speech: Mr. Malcolm JOHNSON, Director, ITU-T
    [ Biography | Speech ]
  • Opening remarks by Symposium Chair: Mr. Takashi HANAZAWA, Senior VP, Director, R&D Planning Dept, (Japan)
    [ Speech ]

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:40

Session 1: Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?

Session Chair: Mr. Art LEVIN, Head, Corporate Governance and Membership Division (ITU)  [ Biography ]

The Kyoto Protocol came into force in 2005 and has been ratified by more than 175 countries. However, the agreed limitations on greenhouse gas emissions may not be achieved by all parties and, in any case, they may be insufficient to reverse the effects of global warming without an additional technological contribution. This session will provide an overview of the role of ICTs in the wider context of the efforts by the international community to implement the Kyoto Protocol and to commit to more ambitious reductions as part of the Bali plan of action.
  • The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Dr. Luis NEVES, GeSI chairperson and Head of Sustainable Development and Environment, Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
    [ Biography |  Presentation |  Video ]
  • ICT policy response to global warming, Mr. Tetsuo YAMAKAWA,  Director-General, International Affairs Department, Telecommunications Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
    [ Biography | PresentationVideo ]
  • The potential of video-conferencing to reduce travel, Mr. Jeff HURMUSES,  President, China and Japan, Tandberg (Norway)
    [ Biography  | PresentationVideo ]

  • Ecodesign of an ICT society, Prof. Jun FUJIMOTO, Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
    [ Biography | PresentationVideo ]
  • ITU background report on ICTs and climate change, Dr. Tim KELLY, Head, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T
    [ Biography |  Presentation |  Background PaperVideo ]

12:40 – 14:20


14:20 – 16:00

Session 2: Corporate responsibility: Towards a climate-neutral ICT Sector

Moderator: Mr. Kenn CUKIER,  Journalist, The Economist  [ Biography | Presentation

It is estimated that the ICT Sector produces directly some 2-2.5 per cent of total emissions of greenhouse gases, and that this share will increase as ICTs make a larger contribution to the global economy. What can ICT companies – manufacturers, service providers, users – do to reduce their own carbon footprint? Which companies are showing leadership and exercising best practice?
  • Corporate responsibility on climate change issues, Mr. Mitsuo KOBAYASH,  Manager, Corporate Environment Affairs, Asia-Pacific, IBM (Japan)
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • Energy Efficiency Checklist, Mr. Dave FAULKNER, ITU-T Study Group 15 Q2/15 rapporteur, BT (UK)
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • Corporate responsibility towards an environmentally-consious manufacturer, Mr. Tetsuo TAKEMURA, Corporate Officer, Global Business, Information & Telecommunication Systems, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • An ICT Company’s Efforts to Create Corporate Social Value, Mr. Atsuhisa TAKAHASHI,  President, Corporate Environmental Affairs Unit, Fujitsu Ltd., Japan
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • World Economic Forum work on ICTs and Climate Change, Ms. Joanna GORDON, WEF (Switzerland)
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Session 3: ICTs for monitoring climate change

Moderator: Dr. Hiroshi KUMAGAI, National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (NICT, Japan) [ Biography ]  

The science of climate change is made possible by the use of ICTs, for instance in remote sensing, telemetry, supercomputers for climate modelling etc. Large scale efforts to reduce emissions – for instance through reforestation, combating desertification, protection of wetlands etc – will require new investment, from both the public and private sectors, in ICT-based monitoring systems. What are the tools available and what further standardization effort may be required?
  • The WMO Information System (WIS) and Global Telecommunication System (GTS), Managing & Moving Weather, Water and Climate Information in the 21st Century, Mr. Hiroyuki ICHIJO, Chairperson of the WMO Expert Team on the WMO Information System (WIS) and Global Telecommunication System (GTS) Communication Techniques and Structure
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • ICTs for innovative sensing and networking toward sustainable society, Dr. Hiroshi KUMAGAI, National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (NICT, Japan)
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • ICTs and Weather Forecasting, Mr. Muhammad HELMI ABDULLAH, Director, Corporate Communications Division, Malaysian Meteorological service
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • Remote sensing radio applications/systems for environmental monitoring, Mr. Alexandre VASSILIEV,  Study Group Counsellor, ITU-R
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
18:30 RECEPTION (to be hosted by MIC Japan, in Swan Room, KICC)
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Day 2, 16 April 2008 

09:00 – 10:30

Session 4: ICTs as a clean technology

Moderator: Mr. Yoichi MAEDA,  Chair, ITU-T Study Group 15 (Optical and other transport network infrastructure)  [ Biography ]

Although ICTs contribute to global warming, they can also help in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of other sectors. By replacing the need for travel, or by improving transport efficiency, ICTs help to reduce the carbon footprint of individuals and companies. With oil prices around US$100 per barrel and rising awareness of climate change, what opportunities does this create for using ICTs, especially telecommunications, for the abatement of carbon emissions in other sectors of the economy?
  • Using ICTs for remote collaboration/telepresence, Mr. Yoshiki KAWAKAMI, Director of Enterprise Operations, CISCO Japan
    PresentationVideo ]
  • Environmental impact reduction via broadband service, Mr. Hiromichi SHINOHARA, Associate Senior Vice President Executive Director, Information Sharing Laboratory Group, NTT Japan
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • E-environment opportunities for ITU, Mr. Robert SHAW, Head, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity division, ITU-D
    [ Biography |  Presentation | Background paperVideo ]
  • Contribution of FMBC to reducing carbon emission, Dr. Yutaka YASUDA, Vice President, General Manager of Core Technology Sector, KDDI (Japan)
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 12:20

Session 5: Towards a high-bandwidth, low carbon future

Moderator: Mr. Charles DESPINS,  President PROMPT Next Generation Internet Initiative (Canada)  [ Biography ]

This session is intended as a panel discussion to follow on from session 4 and examine what level of carbon abatement might be achievable with greater use of ICTs. In particular, this session should examine what kind of targets might be established for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the use of ICTs and what contribution to this could be made by the implementation of relevant ITU Treaties and ITU Recommendations.
  • Telecom-based opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Gareth JOHNSTON,  Director of Corporate and Government Risk, Climate Risk Pty Ltd (Australia)
    [ Biography | Presentation | ReportVideo ]
  • Power consumption and energy efficiency of fixed and mobile telecom networks, Mr. Hans-Otto SCHECK, Senior Specialist, Nokia Siemens Networks (Finland)
    [ PresentationVideo ]
  • Climate change and ICT standardization, Dr. Yuji INOUE,  President and CEO, Telecommunication Technology Committee of Japan
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • Towards a low-carbon future, Mr. Nigel HICKSON, Deputy-Director, EU ICT Policy, Dept for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (UK)
    [ Biography | PresentationVideo ]

12:20 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 6: Adapting to climate change

Moderator: Dr. Tim KELLY, Head, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T  [ Biography ]

Even if the Kyoto protocol commitments to limit emissions of greenhouse gases are met in full, there may still be a rise in global average temperature of up to 2° by 2020 with a consequent rise in sea levels and in the occurrence of extreme weather events. Developing countries, especially small island developing states, are literally in the eye of the storm. How can ICTs help in adapting to the new environmental challenges? How can ICT-based projects for sustainable development, which generate carbon credits, be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol?
  • Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Ms. Sangeeta GUPTA, Director, IT and Services Division, TERI – The Energy Resource Institute (India)
    [ Biography | PresentationVideo ]
  • Disaster prevention monitoring in a vulnerable environment, Mr. Mahabir PUN (Nepal), winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay award for community leadership
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • Contribution to global Earth observations from satellites, Mr. Makoto KAJII,  Associate Executive Director, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    [ Biography | PresentationVideo ]
  • ICT strategy and solutions to over come climate change, Mr. Akira ARUTAKI, Associate Senior Vice President, NEC Communication Systems, Ltd. Japan
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]
  • ICT electronic waste and exhaust emissions, Prof. D. M. TOTEV, University of Botswana
    [ Biography |  PresentationVideo ]

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee break

15:20 – 16:30

Session 7: Review and Wrap-up

Chairman: Mr. Takashi HANAZAWA,  Senior VP, Director, R&D Planning Dept, NTT (Japan) [ Draft Chairman's Report

This review session will discuss the draft chairman’s report of the meeting (to be distributed before the coffee break) and any recommendations, and will review comments on the draft Resolution on ICTs and Climate Change for WTSA-08. The revised chairman’s report and draft Resolution will be forwarded for review by the second ITU symposium on ICTs and climate change, to be held 17-18 June 2008 in London, hosted by BT. The Kyoto recommendations will also be forwarded to upcoming meetings of the World Economic Forum, the OECD (in Republic of Korea), the G8 (in Japan) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Session 1 Chair: Mr. Art LEVIN, Head, Corporate Governance and Membership Division (ITU)
    [ Biography ]
  • Session 2 Moderator: Mr. Kenn CUKIER, Journalist, The Economist
    [ Biography ]
  • Session 3 Moderator:  Dr. Hiroshi KUMAGAI, National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (NICT, Japan)
    [ Biography ]
  • Session 4 Moderator: Mr. Yoichi MAEDA, Chair, ITU-T Study Group 15 (Optical and other transport network infrastructure)
    [ Biography ]
  • Session 5 Moderator: Mr. Charles DESPINS, President PROMPT Next Generation Internet Initiative (Canada)
    [ Biography ]
  • Session 6 Moderator: Dr. Tim KELLY, Head, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T
    [ Biography ]


Close of meeting

  • Closing Remarks: Mr. Malcolm JOHNSON, Director, ITU-T
    [ Biography |  Speech ]
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