OECD Green Growth Papers

ISSN :
2226-0935 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/22260935
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The OECD Green Growth Strategy, launched in May 2011, provides concrete recommendations and measurement tools to support countries’ efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while at the same time ensure that natural assets continue to provide the ecosystems services on which our well-being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development. OECD Green Growth Papers complement the OECD Green Growth Studies series, and aim to stimulate discussion and analysis on specific topics and obtain feedback from interested audiences.
 

Greener and Smarter

ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Arthur Mickoleit1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
01 Sep 2010
Bibliographic information
No:
2010/01
Pages
54
DOI
10.1787/5k9h3635kdbt-en

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a key enabler of "green growth" in all sectors of the economy. They are a key part of government strategies for a sustainable economic recovery. This report looks at how ICTs can improve their own environmental performance, and how they can be used to improve environmental performance throughout the economy and society. Direct environmental impacts of ICTs are considerable in areas such as energy use, materials throughput and end-of-life treatment. Government "green ICT" policies can be instrumental in promoting life-cycle approaches for improved R&D and design of ICT goods, services and systems. Innovative ICT applications enable sustainable production and consumption across the entire economy. The potential for improving environmental performance targets specific products, but also entire systems and industry sectors, e.g. construction, transport, energy.