Environment and ICTs

GreeningIT inventory
GreeningIT inventory 19 January 2012 GreenNet

This inventory was developed to identify innovative, appropriate and affordable ICT tools, devices and sustainable practices that could be used in the non-profit sector. The inventory of sustainable tools and practices, and the report on the survey of ICT4D organisations are part of a newly-created APC programme in the field of ICTs and environmental sustainability.

E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem you can't quantify?
E-waste in Egypt: How do you solve a problem you can't quantify? 02 December 2011 LC

ICT related e-waste in Egypt is a growing problem, but addressing it is difficult since there is no official research or data on the subject, says a new report written by ArabDev for the APC. APCNews talks to author Leila Hassanin about putting e-waste on the policy map.

Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored
Bangladesh: Focus on climate change means that e-waste has been ignored 21 November 2011 LC

Bangladesh has committed to becoming “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. But fifteen years after liberalising the telecommunications industry, the country faces a significant e-waste problem. And because e-waste belongs to no specific sector but rather, crosses over into several, it is a challenge to create any policies for its management and disposal, says a new report commissioned by APC and...

Building advocacy networks between environmental and  internet rights movements
Building advocacy networks between environmental and internet rights movements 15 November 2011 APC

In South Eastern Europe, as in most parts of the world, environmental activists and experts have been among the first to take advantage of the internet and ICT resources. More recently a new generation of green citizen movements and political parties in countries like Bulgaria and Hungary have used web-based social networks as their primary communication media.

Mexico: ICT and environmental policies must be linked
Mexico: ICT and environmental policies must be linked 14 November 2011 AF

There is a lack of awareness in Mexico of the environmental harm caused by the present models of production, consumption and disposal of electronic waste. However, there is also a lack of awareness of the positive role that ICT can play in mitigating climate change.

ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds
ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds 07 November 2011 AF

Laws on climate change and waste management in Costa Rica have existed since 2009. However, despite appearing on paper, there has been little progress in putting them into practice. If the situation does not change, the country will not become carbon neutral by 2021.

90% of India's e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov't policy recognise this?
90% of India's e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov't policy recognise this? 14 October 2011 LC

According to the GISWatch 2010 report, electronics is the fastest growing sector in India and are purchased by about 52 million people. From 1993 to 2000 the number of PCs owned by Indians grew 604% and one can only imagine how many computers have been bought since then.

Electronics and e-waste - a guide on lobbying and advocacy on e-waste issues
Electronics and e-waste - a guide on lobbying and advocacy on e-waste issues 11 October 2011

A guide on lobbying and advocacy on e-waste issues. The guide is intended for NGOs and civil society organisations wanting to make a positive change to e-waste policy and practice in their countries. The guide was authored by Computer Aid’s Environmental Advocacy Officer, Haley Bowcock and was financed by the European Union. The guide has been designed to introduce both the concept of advocac...

Computer Aid launches new guide for advocacy on e-waste issues
Computer Aid launches new guide for advocacy on e-waste issues 11 October 2011

Computer Aid recently launched a guide for NGOs and civil society working on issues of e-waste in their country. The free resource provides practical information and tools on how to conduct campaigns to reduce the impacts of electronics on the environment and people.

GreeningIT: Baseline studies and comparative report
GreeningIT: Baseline studies and comparative report 30 September 2011 APC

Country baseline studies from Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Egypt, India and Mexico look at the rising issue of e-waste and the policy environment around it, while a comparative report highlights the main points from the country studies.