ICT industry to set science-based pathway in line with Paris Agreement
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.