For many years, the carbon footprint of the ICT industry has grown at a rapid rate. Today, this sector is developing energy-efficient and carbon-neutral ICTs that directly address this issue.
ICTs also hold a key to a more environmentally sound and sustainable world.
While leaders across the ICT industry take action to increase the energy efficiency of ICT-based products and services, these technologies have the potential to enable even greater energy and carbon savings in other sectors. The novel application
of ICTs across our economy could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 9 gigatonnes by 2020. This is more than nine times the carbon produced by the entire ICT sector. And these applications not only deliver environmental benefits; they create significant economic opportunities.
Green ICTs represent an important weapon in the fight against climate change. These ubiquitous technologies also serve as a foundation on which to build the interconnected digital economy of the future. In this new economy, digital networking and ICTs will enable us to communicate, collaborate and acquire information in novel ways.