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New Global Climate Change Study Focuses on ICT Industry

Date
08 November 2007

A new global study was launched today by The °Climate Group and GeSI [Global e-Sustainability Initiative] to evaluate the ICT (Information Communication Technology) sector's role in climate change.

The ICT sector currently accounts for less than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, though this number could more than double by 2020. The independent research study will assess current carbon impacts of the ICT sector and analyse ICTs' role in catalyzing transformation to a low-carbon economy.

The study will quantify the direct and indirect impacts of computing, telecoms, software and services, and assess business opportunities going forward to 2020. The study will commence in November 2007 and will report in March 2008.

In addition to identifying ways to limit direct impacts of the sector, the study will explore the opportunities for ICTs to drive efficiencies both in developed countries and in emerging economies, where growth of ICTs is over 10 per cent.

Steve Howard, CEO of The °Climate Group says: "The ICT sector is rapidly growing and energy dependent. If the sector gets it right, it can achieve sustainable growth and deliver smart solutions that will help enable the low carbon economy."

Luis Neves, Chair of the GeSI initiative says: "IT and communications companies are looking for the best way to take responsibility for the future. This study will provide the definitive scientific evidence we need to choose the right course and play a positive role in climate change solutions. This is an excellent opportunity for the IT industry to examine how the application of IT can, not only deliver energy savings and carbon reduction, but do so in a way that drives even greater economic growth and productivity."

Balancing the wider benefits against the direct impacts of the industry, covering both developed and emerging economies, the study aims to:

> Deliver the first globally comprehensive picture of direct and indirect carbon emissions of telecoms, computing, services and software.
> Define common themes and issues across the ICT lifecycle, identifying critical trends, scenarios and impact assessments for the ICT sector to 2020. > Create a 'road map' to allow the ICT sector to act now on reducing global energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.


*** FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES please contact:

Tom Howard-Vyse - Head of Media, Europe - The Climate Group
Dir: +44 (0) 207 960 2991 Mob: +44 (0) 7800 933831 | thoward-vyse@theclimategroup.org

Joan Sherlock - Head of Communications - GeS I
Dir: +1 650 948 2544 Mob: +1 650 400 1336 | press@gesi.org

ICT STUDY WEBINAR
More information on the study will be available during a webinar presentation on 12 November at 4pm GMT. For details, please visit The °Climate Group's ICT project page.

FOR TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON THE STUDY, please contact:

Molly Webb, Corporate Engagement Manager - The Climate Group
Dir: +44 (0)207 960 2701 Mob: +44 (0)77940 894 098 | mwebb@theclimategroup.org

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