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ITU Members Agree to Reduce GHG Emissions from ICT Use

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 31 October 2008: The World Telecommunication Standardization

Assembly of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which took place

in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 21-30 October 2008, adopted a resolution

whereby ITU members will work towards reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG)

emissions arising from the use of information and communication technologies

(ICT).

The resolution also recognizes that such technologies can help mitigate

the effects of climate change by limiting and reducing emissions across all

industry sectors. It further acknowledges that the ITU has committed to

achieving climate neutrality within three years. ITU estimates that ICTs

contribute around 2 to 2.5% of global GHG emissions, and that this share is

likely to increase as ICTs become more widely available. The meeting brought

together 768 delegates, including 13 ministers or vice-ministers from 99

countries. [ITU

Press Release] [UN

Press Release]