Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

ICT & Carbon Emissions – Copenhagen

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From ZDNet Asia:

Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Hamadoun Touré, said in a statement Friday he hoped to see specific mention of ICT in key areas of the negotiating text during the U.N. conference in Copenhagen, including the adoption of an agreed methodology for measuring the carbon emissions from ICT equipment and its inclusion in national adaptation plans.

“At Copenhagen, we have a real and reachable opportunity to help save the planet through astute deployment of modern ICTs,” he said. “Studies clearly show that more effective use of ICTs can deliver tremendous CO2e savings. Put simply, ICT is the single most powerful tool humankind has at its disposal to avoid potential climate catastrophe.”

I agree that information and communications technologies are an important part of  an overall GHG reduction strategy and can provide both cost savings and emissions reductions. At the same time, more research is needed to assist policy makers and managers in making the right investment choices.

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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