ICT plays key role in combatting climate change: experts

ICT and climate change

At the recent Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw, one of the sideline events was the UN’s Momentum for Change initiative, which highlights concrete and innovative actions that drive towards a low-carbon future. 

The focus areas of Momentum for Change included women-led results, the urban poor, finance for climate-friendly investments, and information and communications technology (ICT) solutions. 

In this video, several leaders, including UNEP director of communications Nick Nutall, convened at the ICT Solutions event to discuss the sector’s role in reducing the impact of climate change. Nialle Dunne, chief sustainability officer of British telecommunications firm BT Group, said that currently four billion people around the world are offline, and one billion people are still off the grid. However, if access is provided, information on how to conserve resources can be disseminated, and collaborative efforts among individuals can be increased.

The increased use of information and communication technology can reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the effects of climate change, said the UNFCCC. 

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