Friday, 3 April 2009

Intel lobbies the G20

After my rant yesterday that Microsoft should be lobbying at the G20 meeting (rather than counting the carbon footprint of software) it's good to find out that one IT company, Intel, did.

Not actually there, of course, but at least in an open letter from the Copenhagen Climate Council, a collaboration between international business and science founded by the Scandinavian think tank, Monday Morning. The letter (which you can read here) urged the G20 to invest in low-emissions technology and infrastructure as part of economic recovery packages and also to agree that establishing a new and effective global climate treaty in December is essential. Nothing too radical, but Paul Otellini, CEO and President of Intel, represented the only IT company to sign the letter.

Next month, the Council will by convening CEOs at the World Business Summit on Climate Change, which will bring together the business community and the world's top scientists, economists, civil society, media leaders, government representatives and other leading thinkers to put forward recommendations for the next international framework on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Let's hope IT is better represented at the Summit. It really is time to stand up and be counted.

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