Environment and ICTs

UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report
UN Panel on Global Sustainability describes ICTs as 'critical' for sustainable development in new report 10 February 2012 SF

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability has launched a report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”, which contains 56 recommendations to implement and mainstream sustainable development into economic policy. Among its recommendations the report states: “Governments, international financial institutions and major companies should be encouraged to engage in international cooperation on innovation- and t...

Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector
Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector 28 January 2012 Colnodo

The Exploratory survey on the environmentally sustainable ICT use in the ICT for development sector is part of a newly-created APC programme in the field of ICTs and environmental sustainability. The survey was developed by Colnodo (Colombia), and implemented with the help of Alternatives (Canada), CIPESA (Uganda) and BytesforAll (Pakistan). Amongst other things, the aim of the survey was to determine: Awareness among ICT4D practitioners and civil society organisations about environmentally...

GreeningIT inventory
GreeningIT inventory 19 January 2012 GreenNet

This inventory was developed by GreenNet (UK). The purpose was 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 sustainabi...

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

When Leila Hassanin of ArabDev first set out to do research on ICTs and environmental sustainability for APC’s GreeningIT project, she was not aware how pressing ICT e-waste was in Egypt. Electronic waste coming from computers, mobile phones, printers and other tech-industry related items has been on the rise in recent years – the problem is, there is no solid data showing the scale o...

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 is the eighth most populous country in the world. Every month, it imports 1.3 mobile phone handsets and in recent years computer sales have sky rocketed. That means that each person has at least one hand set (most are not registered so official numbers do not reflect this). While some people are buying new computers and phones for the first time, many are replacing older, outdated te...

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. Understanding the power brought t...

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

Mexico produces between 200,000 and 300,000 tonnes of electronic waste a year. However, there is no real link between ICT and environmental policies. There is a lack of public policies for the “clean” use of ICT, and so the country is missing out on opportunities to make use of these technologies to mitigate climate change. Olinca Marino and Enrique Rosas produced a report on ICT and envir...

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. The recent opening of the telecommunications sector exposes the problem Access to telecommunications is a right in Costa Rica. Go...

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