Press Release : New methodology to assess energy and GHG impact of ICTs on cities

ITU meeting in India sets building blocks for Smart Sustainable Cities

Geneva, 19 December 2014 – ITU members have achieved first-stage approval (‘consent’) of a new methodology to assess the environmental impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of cities. The methodology will assist in making the case for Smart Sustainable Cities, providing an internationally recognized means of quantifying the extent to which the application of ICTs can improve the environmental sustainability of city infrastructures and operations.

The new methodology is the latest addition to the ITU-T L.1400 series, joining methodologies for the lifecycle assessment of ICT goods, networks and services; the analysis of the effect of ICTs on the environmental impact of organizations; and the evaluation of ICT projects targeting gains in energy efficiency and decreases in GHG emissions.

“We are living through the highest rates of urbanization the world has ever seen and improving the environmental sustainability of cities has become a central policy objective of administrations worldwide,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ICTs can contribute to achieving this objective, and this methodology will go a long way in improving lives in our cities.”

Colette Maloney, Head, Smart Cities and Sustainability, European Commission: “The European Commission welcomes the work of ITU towards the developing of a new standard which can help measure the effectiveness of Smart City solutions in meeting the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”


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