Category SDG13 Climate Action

How ‘computational sustainability’ uses AI to protect the planet: 3 use cases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) does more than make our technology smarter, it also protects the planet. Consider the work of researchers in the field of ‘Computational Sustainability‘ – a field of AI research making us better stewards of life on Earth. Despite being a relatively new research field, Computational Sustainability has already helped fight wildlife poaching, […]

Paving the way to gender equality: A welcome honour indeed!

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, ITU News is running a special series of blog posts on women in information and communication technologies (ICTs). All week, we’re featuring stories about women in tech and global programmes to accelerate the pace of progress for gender equality in ICTs.  Last Wednesday evening I received a pleasant surprise: […]

Powering smart grid roll-out

The race is on to upgrade current electric power systems to “smart grids” by incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver power more efficiently, reliably and sustainably. The global Smart Grid as a Service market is expected to more than quadruple in the next decade, from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $6 billion in […]

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 […]

KT’s Global ‘GiGA Island’ Project to help transform digital Bangladesh

KT has been collaborating with the Government of Bangladesh, the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide a high-speed broadband GiGA network that will aim to enhance quality of life on Bangladesh’s remote Moheshkhali Island by improving public services and enhancing access to information. The project hopes to provide a replicable […]

CEOs say ICTs critical to sustainable business: new report

Innovation in new digital technologies and business models has been identified by CEOs as a critical requirement to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 1000 CEOs were surveyed for The United Nations Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study 2016. 97 per cent believe that sustainability is important to the future success of their […]