Standards Bodies Urged to Support ITU’s Climate Change Work

Global Standards Collaboration

30 July 2008: The Global Standards Organization (GSC) has

called on its members to share their views and experiences with groups addressing

information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change, highlighting

the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Focus Group on ICTs and

Climate Change.

The GSC, an initiative of the ITU, the European

Telecommunications Standards Institute, the United States Committee T1 and the

Japanese Telecommunication

Technology Committee, held its thirteenth meeting from 14-17 July 2008

in Boston, USA. In its Resolution GSC-13/08 on ICT and the Environment, the GSC

acknowledged the positive and negative impacts of ICTs on climate change and

the environment, and encouraged its members to support the work of the ITU

Focus Group.

“The resolution promotes a spirit of collaboration and mutual

support to tackle climate change with the utmost efficiency,” said Malcolm

Johnson, Director of the ITU's Standardization Bureau. “ITU gives all the

world's standardization bodies the opportunity to work together to apply the

power of ICTs to this greatest of all challenges,” he added.

The ITU Focus Group

was established in July 2008 to work on the development of methodologies for

the analysis, evaluation, and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions from

the ICT sector and the reductions that may be achieved through the use of ICTs

in other sectors. [ITU

News Release, 30 July 2008] [GSC

Resolution, 17 July 2008] [GSC Wesbsite]