As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, the imperative for shifting economic development
onto a green, resource-efficient growth pathway is clear. The increased use of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) can reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to
the effects of climate change. According to a recent report, SMARTer
2020: the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future, ICT can slash global greenhouse gas emissions by
16.5 per cent, saving $1.9 trillion in energy and fuel costs and cutting 9.1 gigatonnes of carbon
In November 2013, Momentum for Change launched a new partnership with the Global e-Sustainability
Initiative (GeSI) to underscore the critical role ICT plays in tackling climate change. At a special event
at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, senior government officials and influential
corporate leaders from the ICT sector highlighted how the increased use of these technologies can reduce
energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the effects of climate change.
GeSI Chairman Luis Neves said: "Our partnership with the UNFCCC is an excellent opportunity to
showcase ICT-driven changes that contribute toward a low-carbon economy. Our members are dedicated to
fulfilling ICT's massive potential to achieve sustainability. The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change
initiative is an amazing platform to progress in critical areas of society. Together, we can make
unprecedented and meaningful contributions."
Read the press release.
Watch the webcast of the launch event.