ICTs and Climate Change
   The impact of human activities on the environment – and on climate change in particular – are issues of growing concern confronting life on Earth. Concurrently, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being rapidly deployed around the world. Although ICTs require energy resources, they also offer opportunities to monitor, learn about and protect the environment, reduce carbon emissions, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

ITU initiated a bold new work programme in 2008 with its strategy on ICTs and climate change, to ensure that the vital role of ICTs is taken into account in global strategies to address climate change. As part of this strategy, ITU-D Programme 5 is developing reports, toolkits and educational material to raise awareness among its Member States on climate change and the role ICTs can play in mitigation and adaptation.


One of the purposes of Programme 5 (Hyderabad, 2010) for climate change is to provide assistance to developing countries in the use of ICTs to mitigate and address the effects of climate change, taking into account the impact of ICTs on the environment.


  • ITU-D Study Group 2: Question 24/2- Study Group on Climate Change

Within the Development Sector, Study Group 2 focuses on the issues of climate change emerging as a global concern and requiring global collaboration by all concerned, in particular the developing countries (which are the most vulnerable group of countries with respect to climate change). Question 24/2 undertakes studies regarding international initiatives in this domain, which are seeking to develop sustainable development and identify ways and means in which ICTs can monitor such climate change and reduce overall global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.