Environment and ICTs

FAQ: Greening IT
FAQ: Greening IT 18 April 2013 APC

What does "ICTs and environmental sustainability" mean? Who else is focusing on this area? Given the growing importance of environmental sustainability in social and economic development, much global attention has been given to the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs), both as tools to address sustainability imbalances and as the source of environmental challenges in themselves. Over the last 10 years several prominent projects and multi-stakeholder networks have unfolde...

Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre
Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre 04 January 2013 Olinca Marino

This case study from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (UK)‘s “Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs” research project, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and managed by the University’s Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), describes a multi-stakeholder initiative that sought to build city-wide climate change information in Mexico. The main driver for the Virtual Centre on Climate Change (CVCCCM) in the Mexico City ...

COP 18, ICTs, and climate change
COP 18, ICTs, and climate change 11 December 2012 Alexandra Groome

Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was created in 1994, the Conference of Parties (COP) has been meeting annually to discuss the implications of climate change. The COP comprises members from 195 countries. This year’s meeting, COP18, was held in the Middle East for the very first time in Doha, Qatar. With the conclusion of COP18, many governments have ...

ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An interview with Anriette Esterhuysen and Alan Finlay
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An interview with Anriette Esterhuysen and Alan Finlay 13 November 2012 International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

In and interview with Anriette Esterhuysen and Alan Finlay of APC, David Souter, senior associate with IISD and managing director of ict Development Associates explores the key issues around ICTs and environmental sustainability. This interview is one in a series of papers being published by IISD’s Global Connectivity team to inform and stimulate discussion and debate on the relationship betw...

Green ICT event: Exploring Emerging Policies and Open Research Questions
Green ICT event: Exploring Emerging Policies and Open Research Questions 12 November 2012 Vivien Lunda

EVENT: Exploring Emerging Policies and Open Research Questions taking place January 17-18,2013 at the Palais Harrach, Freyung 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria with high-level keynote speakers from the science and policy fields: Ray Pinto, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa Inge Røpke, Aalborg University Grégoire Wallenborn, Free University of Brussels The event brings together high-level scienti...

New materials on the environment and ICTs available in French and Spanish
New materials on the environment and ICTs available in French and Spanish 06 November 2012 Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina

The NICCD website provides a repository of new materials in French and Spanish on climate change, ICTs and developing countries including: A Policy Guide on how to incorporate ICTs into climate change policy, and how to incorporate climate change into ICT policy. Four Strategy Briefs written for policy makers, strategic planners and senior researchers, that summarise conceptual and action-ba...

Moving beyond the tool: ICTs in the sustainable development discussion at Rio+20
Moving beyond the tool: ICTs in the sustainable development discussion at Rio+20 14 August 2012 Shawna Finnegan and Lisa Cyr

Rio has a long history with information and communication technology—the Earth Summit in 1992 was one of the first United Nations conferences to be set up with ‘communications centres’, which facilitated online discussion and kept civil society around the world informed about the UN talks. Twenty years later, information and communication technology (ICT) featured prominently in the day-...

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