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Published March 26, 2020
The information and communication technology industry must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2020 to 2030 in order to comply with the Paris Agreement.
The International Telecommunication Union has published a new standard fo ICT companies in reducing GHG emissions at the rate necessary to meet the UNFCCC Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The recommended emission-reduction targets are the first targets specific to the ICT industry to be approved by the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi).
The ITU standard – ITU L.1470 – supported by associated Guidance for ICT companies setting science-based targets.
Developed in collaboration with the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), GSMA, and SBTi, the standard proposes trajectories for operators of mobile networks, fixed networks, and data centres to reduce emissions.
“This new ITU standard offers authoritative guidance on the pathway towards net zero emissions for the ICT industry,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
It is estimated that 30% of mobile connections worldwide are already committed to science-based targets.
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