August 2008

Climate Change News

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GeSI on ICTs and climate change

It is argued that usage and application of ICT tools produce two to three percent of global green house gas emissions thorgh at the same time provide solutions to tackle climate change. To address this mutually exclusive as well as antagonistic role of ICT tools, two ITU symposia on ICTs and climate change were held in recent months in Kyoto and London. In the symposia, participants representing ICT companies from around the world as well as the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called on ITU to increase its activities in ICTs and climate change. After the recommendations of all participants, ITU decided to create the new Focus Group 'Global e-Sustainability Initiative' (GeSI)' on ICTs and Climate Change, with an ambitious work plan to conclude by April 2009. The reports of the two symposia were submitted to the G8 Summit held in Hokkaido, Japan, on 7-9 July 2008.

GeSI, which comprises of key technology companies and organisations including ITU, aims to develop internationally agreed methodologies to describe and estimate the impact of ICTs on climate change. The group focuses on the reduction of ICT emissions in major sectors like energy, transportation and buildings.

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