Carbon emissions are the most material impact on the environment. In December last year in Paris, 195 nations agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. The EU and its Member States have set their own carbon reduction targets to achieve this goal.
ICT offers significant solutions towards a low carbon world and more sustainable growth. The emissions avoided using ICT can be multiple times greater than the emissions generated by deploying it. Considerable ICT-enabled carbon abatement is possible in manufacturing, agriculture, building, energy, logistics, traffic optimisation and many other areas. Nevertheless, ICT plays so far only a minor role in the political debate to tackle climate change.
Niall Dunne is a Chief Sustainability Officer at BT Group.