Sustainable ICT Development and the Role of ITU

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) could help address climate concerns and enable the much-needed shift toward a circular economy (CE). But ICTs also contribute to global carbon emissions and generate waste in their production, usage and eventual obsolescence. What type of collaborations do we need to address sustainable ICT development? Key message: Actions on climate change and digitalisation should influence each other at the strategic level. Digitalization should address energy and environmental concerns and help to lay out a green recovery and low-carbon development path. An environmental responsibility mindset is needed in the ICT sector, as well as among policy makers, citizens and academia, to drive concerted and timely actions.