The technology sector could reduce carbon emissions by 25% if implemented correctly, IDC says in the lead up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen next month.
IDC together with leading industry partners have identified areas where the information and communication-based technology (ICT) sector could bring immediate reductions to mounting greenhouse gases.
IDC’s main findings will be released during the 11-day United Nations’ climate change conference next month. The global advisory service said ICT-based technologies have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 25% in the G20 countries. This is compared to what could have been reduced from baseline emissions in 2006.
These reductions can be made across all sectors surveyed by IDC such as energy generation and distribution, buildings, aviation, transport and industry. Integrating renewable energy into energy distribution using smart grids, enabled smart building systems, optimised supply chains and variable motor controls in industrial machinery are leading technologies for reducing emissions in each of the surveyed sectors.
IDC enterprise infrastructure, consumer and telecom research senior vice president Vernon Turner said: “Robust IT and communications infrastructure is necessary to get the full benefit from the these technologies. Our research shows that use of capacity in mobile and fixed infrastructure, integrated with energy efficient IT infrastructure, is required to support the technologies we have identified in this report.”
IDC consulting associate vice president Chris Ingle said: “The budget constraints facing many large economies creates an investment challenge for technologies that contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Government and industry need to work on structured finance instruments, which allow them to make these investments based on future savings, rather than capital investment.”
It is 18 days until the conference in Copenhagen begins, which will see world leaders gather to discuss the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol and how to reduce global carbon emissions. More than 10 years ago, many OCED and developing countries joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to discuss what could be done to reduce global warming, climate change and hiking green house gas emissions.
More recently, countries joined an additional treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, which has more power and legally binding agreements with participants. The meeting is seen by many international governments and organisations as the single most important conference to date to be held on climate change.
About $5000 was raised by Greenpeace New Zealand to encourage Prime Minister John Key to attend the conference. Mr Key will not attend the conference in person but representatives of the government will.
Greenpeace said it wanted Mr Key to join other world leaders such as US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the global climate change talks.
Yesterday, actress and Greenpeace activist Lucy Lawless went to Parliament to present Mr Key with a cheque for the $5000. Mr Key did not meet with Ms Lawless or accept the cheque.