Page 6 - The 4th Global Standards Symposium 2022 - Conclusions
P. 6

How can we make digital transformation sustainable?

            The GSS-20,
            Recalling that digital transformation plays an indispensable role in promoting sustainability, circularity and

             –     Stresses the need for international standards to enable the acceleration of the transition to a net zero,
                   energy  efficiency,  circular  economy  fulfilling  the  SDGs  within  planetary  boundaries  and  protecting
                   biodiversity. It also urges ITU to continue strengthening collaboration with other SDOs, including ISO,
                   IEC, and other United Nations entities such as UNEP, UNIDO, WMO and UNFCCC to meet the goals set in
                   the Paris Agreement, Glasgow Climate Pact and ITU’s Connect 2030 Agenda.
             –     Recommends  ITU  to  continue  the  development  of  standards  to  support  the  telecommunication/ICT
                   sector’s transition towards a circular economy by providing guidance on the requirements of global
                   sustainable products. In this context, Recommendation ITU-T L.1023 provides useful guidance to design
                   and to verify the circularity of telecommunication/ICT products taking into consideration the concept of
                   extended producer responsibility.
             –     Encourages  the  telecommunication/ICT  Sector  to  commit  to  net  zero  objectives  by  prioritizing  the
                   reduction of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions in line with Recommendation ITU-T L.1471, in particular stressing
                   the emission reductions during this decisive decade as outlined in Recommendation ITU-T L.1470, and
                   by developing solutions that help other sectors reduce their footprints.
             –     Stresses that standards such as Recommendation ITU-T L.1380 series can facilitate energy saving and
                   carbon emission reduction by providing guidance on how smart energy can be achieved to maximize the
                   use of renewable and clean energy sources with digital technologies.
             –     Encourages ITU to continue to set targets and develop standards, trajectories and databases in these
                   areas, including the impact on biodiversity, to support a science-based and fair assessment and evolution
                   of the environmental impacts of telecommunication/ICT, thereby strengthening its positive effects and
                   counteracting any adverse effects.
             –     Emphasizes that open platforms such as the ITU Focus Group on Environmental Efficiency for Artificial
                   Intelligence and other Emerging Technologies (FG-AI4EE), can facilitate knowledge transfer and identify
                   the standardization needs for improving the sustainability aspect of digital transformation.

   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11