Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provide a growing amount of opportunities for sustainable development and to address challenges related to climate change. ICTs are fundamental for monitoring climate change, and mitigating and adapting to its effects, for example in the area of early-warning system. ICTs also deliver smart applications and transform the way services are delivered - including in the area of energy, waste, and water management - to reduce the carbon footprint.
At the same time, it is important to address the environmental challenges that a growing ICT industry presents. A growing information society increases the level of energy consumption and the emission of carbon dioxide, for the growing spread and use of ICT services, networks and devices. The amount of e-waste is on the rise and it contains hazardous substances that, if treated inadequately, can cause severe environmental and human health impacts.
ITU's objective is to maximize the benefits of new opportunities from ICTs, while understanding and limiting their negative impacts.