The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development are organising an event in Rome with a focus on raising awareness of the importance of using ICT standards to build a green economy and combat climate change.
The first Green Standards Week will include a ‘High-Level Segment (HLS)’ and three workshops. The HLS is for Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to Durban (COP-17). The aim of the HLS is to set policy objectives and targets to measure and improve government green ICT strategies and standards, including ICT-enabled applications across the economy.
The three workshops will be:
Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT. Jointly organised with the European Commission, this workshop will look at the work to measure the impact of ICTs on climate change and how to standardise the way to calculate the reduction of GHG in ICT operation.
Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards will explore how ICTs can help to address climate change and build a green economy, looking at standards, policies and best practices.
Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law aims to encourage the development of new technologies and standards and to explore business opportunities for telecommunication companies to become active players in monitoring climate change.
Green Standards Week, which is sponsored by Huawei, Research in Motion, Alcatel Lucent and Microsoft, will run from 5 to 9 September.
This sounds like a useful event, pulling together some influential organisations and companies to discuss issues central to green ICT. It does seem that the role of ICT in combating climate change is being discussed more and more, even though governments still seem reluctant to embrace, or promote, ICT as part of the climate change solution, rather than just part of the problem. Hopefully, this event will help.
You can get involved. Remote participation is possible (as you would expect from the ITU) with video, streamed audio and the ability to submit questions online.