UN-Backed Study Shows Technology Can Help World Move to Low-Carbon Economy

kristyGreen Prosperity, Wealth of Networks

New York, Apr 2 2012 3:05PM The use of broadband in information and
communication technology (ICT) can help the world transition to a low
carbon-economy and address the causes and effects of climate change,
according to a United Nations-backed report

?We need to put at stake all the resources available to us, and mobilize the
political will to turn discussions and negotiations into agreements and
actions,? he added, in a press release announcing the release of the report,
entitled ?The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action.?

The report aims to raise awareness of the pivotal role information and
communication technology, particularly broadband networks, can play in
helping creating a low-carbon economy. It also highlights the importance of
public private partnerships in accelerating change.

Conducted by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change ?
chaired by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the technology
company Ericsson, Hans Vestberg, and including members representing
industry, international bodies and non-governmental organizations ? the
report is based on interviews, case studies and supporting material from
more than 20 leaders and experts in the field.

It provides practical examples of how broadband can contribute to reducing
greenhouse gasses, mitigate and help adapt to the effects of climate change,
and promote resource efficiency, while building more prosperous and
inclusive societies.

The report presents 10 recommendations for policymakers and leaders to
hasten and strengthen the power of ICT and broadband to accelerate global
progress towards a low-carbon economy, including adopting long-term national
broadband plans.

These recommendations include convergence in ICT strategies to align them
with other sectors, such as energy, health, education and climate; clear
regulatory rules to create a framework of investment certainty;
cross-ministry collaboration and integrated decision-making to link climate
and digital goals, and the use of government procurement to send the right
market signals.

The report also calls for partnerships; harmonized metrics and common
standards and knowledge sharing.
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news