ITU Climate Events in Peru
ITU is organizing a series of events in Peru, in December, focusing on ICTs and Climate Change. The events will raise awareness of the importance of using ICTs to build a green economy and shape smart sustainable cities as well as the potential effects of human exposure to electromagnetic fields. They will be opened by H.E. Mr Raúl Peréz, Vice Minister of Communications, Peru.
A meeting of ITU-T Study Group 5 ‘environment and climate change’ will run between 2 and 13 December. The meeting will examine a broad range of topics but notably is expected to see progress in areas including the development of a standardised ‘green battery’, a methodology for measuring rare-metal content in ICTs and an eco-rating scheme for mobile handsets.
In parallel two free-to-attend workshops will be held. The first, a Workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities in Latin America will be held on 5 December and focus on the power of ICTs to aid sustainable development in urban environments drawing on some regional – Latin American – examples. The second Workshop on “With Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) everywhere – How Safe is EMF in Latin America?” will take place 10 December and focuses on electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by, for example, radio antennae. EMF has emerged a key area for concern for the general public in Latin America and so this event will be an excellent opportunity for policy-makers and engineers and regulators to gain knowledge on best-practices and ITU standards focusing on the issue.
6 December will see the third meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities. Participation in this group is free of charge and open to all. The group, which has strong participation from municipalities around the world is, among other things, conducting a study into the integration of ICTs in cities’ operations. Conclusions will be fed into SG5 to inform its smart-city standardization work.
In addition 10 December will see the first meeting of the Focus Group on Smart Water Management which seeks to find smart solutions to the distribution of this most basic commodity. Given that globally 783 million people do not have access to clean water this will become an increasingly taxing problem for the world’s utilities and governments.
More on ITU-T work on climate change.