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 2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges, ICT can slash global greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030, thus holding them at 2015 levels, while generating over USD 11 trillion in economic benefits and connecting an additional 2.5 billion people to the knowledge economy by 2030.
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About ICT Solutions
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.
Momentum for Change: ICT Solutions recognizes successful climate change mitigation or adaptation activities that produce measurable results. The ICT Solutions pillar is implemented in partnership the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) .
Recognizing ICT-enabled action
Momentum for Change: ICT Solutions showcases Lighthouse Activities that have ICT-driven changes that contribute toward a low-carbon economy. Explore all our Lighthouse Activities under ICT Solutions pillar below.
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