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08 December 2009

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ITU’s new publication e-Environment toolkit and Readiness Index will help countries to assess ICT impact in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It provides guidelines for the development and deployment of electronic applications and services in the area of environment.

e-Environment toolkit and Readiness Index

Publisher: International Telecommunication Union, November 2009

The e-Environment Toolkit aims to improve the understanding of the issues and factors that affect ICT use and energy consumption, as well as GHG emissions, in different sectors of the economy and at all levels of society throughout the country or jurisdiction in question.

Image credits: ITU/ Cover page of the report

Through the use of this Toolkit and its Environment Readiness Index (EERI), a country or jurisdiction is expected to gain a better understanding of where it stands in terms of ICT use for promoting e-sustainability in comparison to other countries.

The toolkit can, therefore, be used to benchmark progress.

Indicators of the readiness of countries are captured using the e-Environment index Readiness of jurisdictions, communities, regions of a country, organisations and other than country scale entities have to be calculated to derive an equivalent EERI.

It will provide policymakers principles and guidelines for the development and deployment of electronic applications and services in the area of the environment, to support member states in the evaluation of their current capacities, the identification of needs and definition of priorities, as a basis for the development of national e-Environment and e-sustainability strategies and action plan for climate change and sustainable development.

A core practical tool in this Toolkit is the e-Environment Readiness Index (EERI).

The EERI can be used both as a tool for evaluating the e-Environment readiness of a country to use ICTs for mitigating and adjusting to the impacts of climate change, as well as a process for establishing baseline knowledge about the potential use and impact of ICT systems with respect to the environment.

Given the enormity of the task at hand and the limited amount of scientific data on the impact of ICTs on energy consumption and GHG emissions, the e-Environment Toolkit can only be considered a first step in helping to raise awareness of the role that ICTs can play in helping countries abate the effects of climate change.

At the same time, the Toolkit aims to help countries design appropriate tools and approaches to leverage the benefits of ICTs for sustainable development, that is, for e-sustainability.

Source : ITU

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