30th October, 2009.
Information and communication technology is the single most powerful tool humankind has at its disposal to avoid potential climate catastrophe, says ITU Geneva, 29 October 2009 - In the lead up to the Barcelona Climate Change Talks (2-6 November), which will produce the draft text to be considered at the UN's COP 15 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December, ITU is stressing the critical importance of including information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the solution. Specific mention of the critical role of ICTs in the Copenhagen draft Agreement will help commit policy makers around the world to seek technical solutions to reducing GHG emissions.
A recent study (1) estimated that more effective use of ICTs could help reduce total global emissions by 15% by 2020, representing carbon savings five times higher than the estimated emissions for the whole ICT sector in 2020.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), of which ITU is a part, estimates that these reductions could deliver energy efficiency savings to global businesses of over EUR 500 billion.
1) GeSI Smart 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age. For full text see: