Category SDG12 Responsible Consumption & Production

Hacking the SDGs: #Connect2Effect Hackathon for sustainable consumption and production

“What would be revolutionary is if they hacked it so it could be used as a global model.” “I think they need to focus more. Bring it to the skinniest point and work it from there.” “Is this a business, or an outreach campaign? How should we look at this?” These were some of the […]

LoRa Alliance promotes its low-cost tech by focusing on emerging market applications

Kenya Red Cross partnered with LoRa Alliance to host a global IoT challenge Methane detector solution OMEDS was overall winner Other finalists included pest control and medicine transportation solution Winner to test solution in Kenya in real-world deployments The LoRa Alliance has announced the winner of its second global IoT challenge focused on creating a […]

ICTs use a lot of energy. What’s your organization’s ICT footprint?

Today’s digital transformation is said to have a positive effect on the environment, however, information and communication technologies (ICTs) require lots of energy. Today, almost 10% of all energy used and 4% of carbon emissions in the environment are calculated as coming from ICTs only. Sustainability has become a key aspect of technological progress, but […]

New ITU standard: eco-friendly universal charger

ITU has approved a new environmentally friendly standard for a universal charger for laptops and other portable devices. The new standard provides for improved energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to lead to significant reductions in e-waste. The new international standard – officially known as Recommendation ITU-T L.1002 “External universal power […]

#Ewaste recycling: 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers go for gold

# Japan announced that the Olympic medals for the 2020 Games in Tokyo could be made from recycled e-waste. Japan produced 17.3 kilograms of electronic waste per person in 2013, and the Nikkei Asian Review reported that the recovered gold and silver from small consumer electronics in Japan is equivalent to 16% and 22% of the world’s total […]

Open systems are key to Smart Cities: report

IoT specialist Machina Research has teamed up with Philips to produce a white paper entitled ‘The Smart City is Open: the role of open systems as a key enabler of the smart city’. The paper is a timely reminder of the huge challenges the smart city concept presents. The central observation is that smart cities […]

Tackling e-waste: ITU drives solutions

ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson delivered the following remarks to open a joint United Nations workshop on sustainable management of e-waste during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva on May 5, 2016. Below is an excerpt of his remarks. E-waste is generated by a wide variety of obsolete and discarded ICT devices. While […]