Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ericsson's Vestberg Calls for Greater ICT Use in Climate Talks

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) must play a greater role in creating a low-carbon 21st century infrastructure, said Ericsson CFO and incoming CEO Hans Vestberg in a keynote address at the Broadband World Forum in Paris.

Studies show that ICT can reduce global CO2emissions by 15% by 2020. Vestberg argued that what is needed is to move away from incremental emission reductions to more transformative ones which can deliver measurable savings and "smarter" ways of doing things.

"For too long the need for CO2 reductions has been seen as a trade off between economic development and care for the planet. This does not have to be the case. Because the ICT sector can reduce CO2emissions substantially, government representatives have an opportunity to bring ICT onto the agenda for the upcoming United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP15) in December," said Vestberg.

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