Submitted Proposals

Organization: ITU
Title :
53. Internet and Climate Change
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

It is estimated that the ICT Sector produces directly some 2-3 per cent of total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and this share will increase as ICTs and the Internet continue to grow. Broadband deployment and the increasingly intense use of the Internet will contribute to the rise in GHG emissions. Although ICTs contribute to global warming, they can also help in reducing the GHG emissions of other sectors. For example, by replacing the need for travel and by improving transport efficiency, ICTs help to reduce the carbon footprint of individuals and companies.

This Event will examine what the ICT industry can do to reduce its own carbon footprint and how it can help other sectors to combat climate change. It will look at the mitigation impact of ICTs on other sectors of the economy and the impact of new communication technologies and the evolving nature of the Internet. It will examine what kind of objectives might be established for the reduction in GHG emissions through ICTs that could be achieved through ITU standards. The role of ICTs in helping developing countries to adapt to climate change will also be addressed.


  • Keynote speech: Malcolm Johnson (Director, ITU-T)
  • Toward a High Bandwidth Low Carbon future (Don MacLean, IISD)
  • Broadband Energy Saving Approaches (Mark Carvell, BERR, UK)
  • Next-Generation Networks and Energy Efficiency (Arthur Levin, ITU-T)
  • ICTs and the environment: Tackling the next 98% (Graham Vickery, OECD)
  • Role of public policy in promoting IT applications that address climate change – A case study of European proposals (Malcolm Harbour, Member of the European Parliament)
  • Monitoring Climate Change in the Himalayas (Mahabir Pun, Nepal Wireless)
  • Data Centers and their Impact on the Climate (Oliver Bell, Microsoft Corporation)
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The workshop is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Also see: ITU initiatives on climate change, at

The first meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) will take place on 4 December, 16h30-18h00 in Room 7 of HICC. Please visit the DCICC's website for more information.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

ITU has organized two symposia on "ICTs and Climate Change" in Kyoto and London. OECD organized a workshop on "ICTs and Environmental Challenges in Copenhagen". Other organizations have organized similar events.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?