A key area of ITU's work on environmental protection is related to harmonizing telecommunication/ICT policies, providing capacity building, and developing and implementing ICT pilot projects. This includes identify specific telecommunication/ICT needs and using the most appropriate technologies for environmental protection and sustainable development, particularly in the area of climate change and electronic waste (e-waste).
ITU works closely with other regional and international organizations and bodies, including the WMO, UNEP, UNU, as well as independent experts and other partners.
ITU has been given the mandate to support and inform on the use of ICTs for sustainable development, including to reduce and address the effects of climate changes, drive energy-efficiency, and to raise awareness about the opportunities but also the environmental issues associated with telecommunication/ICT. It is mandated to assess the magnitude of e-waste and to carry out pilot projects on environmentally sound management of e-waste.
Specific resolutions include:
- Plenipotentiary Conference Res. 182 (Rev. Dubai, 2018) The role of telecommunications/information and communication technologies in regard to climate change and the protection of the environment
- WTDC Res. 66 (Rev. Buenos Aires, 2017): Information and communication technology and climate change
- WTDC Res. 34 (Rev. Buenos Aires, 2017): The role of telecommunications/information and communication technology in disaster preparedness, early warning, rescue, mitigation, relief and response