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The Contribution the ICT Industry Can Make to Sustainable Development
This report identifies key areas where the ICT sector can make the biggest contribution to sustainability. Our objective was to make sure GeSI and member companies are focusing on the most material issues.
GeSI published “SMART 2020 Enabling the low-carbon economy in the information age” in June 2008 – the first major study identifying the significant contribution the ICT industry can make to creating a low-carbon economy.
ICT Assessment Methodology
The GeSI report “Evaluating the Carbon-Reducing Impacts of ICT: An Assessment Methodology” contributes to realising ICT’s promise through providing a practical and consistent methodology and roadmap for assessing ICT’s capacity to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy.
GeSI SMARTer2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future
GeSI's SMARTer2020 report demonstrates how the increased use of information and communication technology (ICT) such as video conferencing and smart building management could cut the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16.5%, amounting to $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel savings and a reduction of 9.1 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to >more than seven times the ICT sector’s emissions in the same period.
ICT solutions for sustainable lifestyles
GeSI, the World Resources Forum, the International Telecommunication Union and Hewlett-Packard jointly organised a workshop entitled ICT solutions for sustainable lifestyles within the framework of the ICT4S conference on 13 February 2013 in Zürich, Switzerland. The purpose of the workshop was to create dialogue on the role of ICT in enabling sustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns.
'The Enabling Technologies of a Low-Carbon Economy - a Focus on Cloud Computing’
The study entitled “The Enabling Technologies of a Low-Carbon Economy- a Focus on Cloud Computing” examines both the energy savings and GHG abatement potential of cloud computing in 11 countries – Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Indonesia, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the UK.
Transformative Solutions for 2015 and Beyond
This report examines the role broadband and ICT can play as transformative solutions in the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
A Materiality Assessment for the ICT Industry
The report builds on the landmark report “The Contribution the ICT Industry Can Make to Sustainable Development: A Materiality Assessment”, developed for GeSI by BSR in 2008. It provided the first comprehensive materiality analysis for the ICT industry as well as an assessment of its implications for the sustainability reporting and strategy development of ICT companies.
Human Rights and the ICT Sector: A Thought Leadership Agenda for Action
This paper reports on the process and outcomes of the work of GeSI in early 2014 to produce a thought leadership programme and action plan to provide leadership in addressing human rights issues in the ICT sector.
GeSI Mobile Carbon Impact - How mobile communications technology is enabling carbon emissions reduction
Authored by the Carbon Trust, the report analyses the use of mobile technology in Europe and the US, finding that it enables savings of more than 180 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, an amount greater than the total annual emissions of the Netherlands and five times higher than mobile network own emissions.