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OECD Holds Conference on ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation

© OECD28 May 2009: The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) jointly convene a high-level conference titled “ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.”

Participants at the Conference, which took place from 27-28 May 2009, in Helsingør, Denmark, addressed how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can improve environmental performance and mitigate climate change in all sectors of the economy.

The theme of “Green ICTs” was discussed in the context of the economic crisis and the role of innovation for green growth. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría opened the conference highlighting that “public and private investment in green solutions will produce a triple win: innovative technologies to tackle global warming, new industries to drive long-term economic growth, and jobs to help kick start recovery.”

Participants engaged in parallel sessions that formulated specific recommendations on the following topics: reducing environmental impacts during the ICT life cycle; clean technologies for greener urban growth; ICTs in pollution reduction and resource management; innovation and behavioral change; ICT sector in focus; fostering sustainable consumption and use; cleaner technologies and smarter ICT applications; and governments paving the way. The conference outcomes will contribute towards the OECD Council at Ministerial Level scheduled to take place in June 2009. [Conference Website]