ICC policy statement old

ICC discussion paper on ICTs and environmental sustainability

As a global multi-sectoral business rganization, ICC stands ready with its members to further engage with policy makers to facilitate and implement a transition to a future low-carbon economy. And as a key enabler for productivity, growth and jobs, ICTs will also be a key factor for achieving the carbon emission reduction goals critical to that effort.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT or ICTs) continue to transform, around the world how we live, work and play. As a key contributor to growth and employment, ICTs increase efficiency and productivity, creating jobs and supporting business models which recognize the portability of information, workforce mobility and distribution of resources.

The power of ICTs as an economic enabler is particularly true in the context of increased availability of high-speed Internet. The Internet, which is an excellent example of the application of ICTs, has also been a major driver of globalization, multiplying the positive effects of innovation in management and operational processes, and the distribution of wealth and opportunities for employment. Generally speaking, for every dollar invested in broadband IP (Internet protocol) technologies and collaborative tools, another four dollars are generated in return. And, the World Bank has estimated that for every 10% increase in high-speed Internet access, economic growth rises 1.3%.

Together with these economic implications of ICTs, industry can have key roles in addressing such critical societal goals as enabling transition to a low carbon economy by increasing energy efficiency, reducing energy use and managing scarce resources. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our times, linked as it is with real needs for energy, development and economic growth. It is a global long-term problem that requires collaborative solutions, and the engagement of all countries in a cooperative spirit will be crucial to success. Smart ICT applications and the Internet can enable energy efficiency improvements in areas as diverse as building design and maintenance, transport and logistics, electricity generation, distribution and consumption, travel substitution, product dematerialization and enable a myriad of other daily process efficiencies. Equally, ICTs provide information and analytic tools to organizations and individual consumers which empower them to adapt their behaviour in an environmentally responsible manner.

Highlights

  • A snapshot on climate change and the role of ICTs
  • ICTs as both enabler and driver of sustainable solutions
  • The ICT industry and its own footprint
  • The policy landscape