OECD Digital Economy Papers

2071-6826 (online)
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The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) undertakes a wide range of activities to better understand how information and communication technologies (ICTs) contribute to sustainable economic growth and social well-being. The OECD Digital Economy Papers series covers a broad range of ICT-related issues and makes selected studies available to a wider readership. They include policy reports, which are officially declassified by an OECD Committee, and occasional working papers, which are meant to share early knowledge.

Towards Green ICT Strategies

Assessing Policies and Programmes on ICT and the Environment You or your institution have access to this content

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Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze1
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  • 1: OECD, France

22 May 2009
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This survey analyses 92 government programmes and business initiatives across 22 OECD countries plus the European Commission. Fifty of these have been introduced by governments and the remaining 42 have been developed by business associations, mostly international. Over two-thirds of these focus on improving performance in the ICT industry. Only one third focus on using ICTs across the economy and society in areas where there is major potential to dramatically improve performance, for example in "smart" urban, transport and power distribution systems, despite the fact that this is where ICT have the greatest potential to improve environmental performance.
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