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    for sustainability It concludes that the potential for information technology to reduce global carbon emissions has been under estimated until now and that the abatement potential of ICT is seven times the size of the ICT sector s own carbon footprint The findings are being released today in a report titled SMARTer2020 SMARTer2020 follows up the SMART2020 1 study which first evaluated ICT s potential to enable a low carbon economy in 2008 The updated in depth research in SMARTer2020 now concludes that up to 16 5 per cent of global GHG emissions can be slashed by implementing ICT solutions throughout the economy over 16 per cent more savings than was calculated in the earlier study four years ago The new research study identifies GHG abatement potential from ICT enabled solutions ranging across six sectors of the economy power transportation manufacturing consumer and service agriculture and buildings Emission reductions come from virtualisation initiatives such as cloud computing and video conferencing but also through efficiency gains such as optimization of variable speed motors in manufacturing smart livestock management to reduce methane emissions and 32 other ICT enabled solutions identified in the study Some ICT driven solutions such as smart electricity grids reap benefits at the national level whilst others like intelligent building management systems can result in energy and cost savings for individual households and businesses The report includes detailed national studies of the GHG abatement potential of ICT in seven countries identifying for each country the best strategies for policy makers to pursue For India emissions growth has been exacerbated by poor transport and energy infrastructure and heavy reliance on fossil fuels The study targets the potential for GHG abatement in India from adopting ICT enabled solutions in its power and transport sectors The other countries studied were Brazil Canada

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/icts-can-aid-in-cutting-global-greenhouse-emissions/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    a relatively small shift in government policies Now it s possible that another shift in government policies could kill this revolution before it has fulfilled its potential Over the course of the nineties and early noughties a telecommunications revolution took hold across Sub Saharan Africa as many governments relaxed rules governing involvement in the telecoms sector allowing private players to enter the market notably Mo Ibrahim who established Celtel now trading as Airtel Many global companies are now itching to get into Africa thanks in part to the success of telecoms companies The African Development Bank ADB estimates that there are 473 mobile phones per 1 000 people on the continent a significantly higher level of mobile phone penetration than anywhere else in the world It certainly beats the 15 fixed line phones per 1 000 users across Africa The mobile phone revolution still in its infancy and the nascent internet revolution which began with the laying of fibre optic sea cables funded by a range of interested parties has made Africa more connected to the rest of the world than it has ever been before A vast range of services businesses and movements are emerging out of the connections that Africans are making globally not least with their kith and kin in the diaspora Take the example of Light Up Nigeria a social movement that aimed to raise awareness of Nigeria s power electricity access The campaign was conceived by Nigerians in the country and in the diaspora over the BlackBerry messenger service where much of the co ordination of its successful protests and events also happened Ushahidi a crowd sourcing website which relies on text messaging to obtain information was crucial to tracking the political violence in Kenya during the tumultuous 2007 elections Crucially it was the relatively

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    fictitious beliefs Radio is a better tool for eradicating the superstitions rooted deep in the people writes Dr R Sreedher Related topics regions India IT Communications Kenya launches mobile phone fine payment system Kenya has introduced a new system that allows motorists to pay traffic fines by mobile phone It will reduce queues and congestion at courts authorities said Related topics regions ICTs Mobiles Digital eGovernance to cover all commercial activity in India The MCA21 project will foray seamless eGovernance practices that promise to improve interaction between the government and business while optimizing revenue Related topics regions Digital India IT Nigeria Social media a double edged sword In the aftermath of the killing of a Nigerian lady by online friends educationists engage in a robust debate on the dangers of an unrestricted internet Related topics regions Social Media Internet Africa Digital India launches e gov app store for speedy delivery of e services The e gov app will be a national level common repository of productized allocations components that can be re used by various government agencies Related topics regions South Asia India Digital Smart Rwanda to power ICT for transformation Smart Rwanda aims at looking at all innovative ways ICT can drive to achieve socio economic transformation agenda of our country Related topics regions Africa Digital HDFC Bank launches e payment facility for Margao Municipal Council The e payment facility would be the first of its kind initiative in Goa to enable quick and easy payment of house tax Related topics regions South Asia India E Governance Digital ICTs driving the Education sector in India Use of ICT in the education sector in India though recent has picked up fast and the benefits are already starting to show b i Brian Pereira i b Related topics regions ICTs Education Digital Digital Green helps improve farming practices Digital Green combines technology and social organization to improve cost effectiveness and broaden the community participation of existing agricultural Related topics regions India Digital South Asia Use internet for scaling up vocational education Top Indian official Unless modern technological tools like Internet are used to impart vocational training skilling cannot be scaled up said Dr Sam Pitroda chairman of India s Related topics regions South Asia Vocational Education Internet Digital India s national capital gets first e courtroom The High Court in the Indian capital has gone eco friendly by replacing paper files with a touchscreen handbook and an LCD screen The initiative Related topics regions Environment India Governance Digital Digital divide closing but still significant UN agency The International Telecommunication Union ITU report says that the ICT sector has become a major contributor to economic growth in the developing countries Related topics regions Internet ICTs United Nations Digital ITU m powers sustainable development Looking forward to a smart and sustainable development model ITU has launched new initiatives for development and disaster management Related topics regions Development ICTs Digital ITU and WHO launch m Health initiative The International Telecommunication Union ITU and the

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    Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Ghana ICT services liberalisation detrimental to local companies 28 October 2012 Although liberalisation of trade in ICT services has led to increased investments in Ghana over the years it has nonetheless been detrimental to indigenous businesses a survey suggests The perception survey carried out on the International Liberalisation of Trade in ICT Services to identify the challenges for the private sector in Ghana indicates that multinational corporations in the ICT sector have captured the local market which has affected indigenous companies to take advantage of competitive market The survey was carried out in 2011 by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute STEPRI of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR in Ghana with support from the PANOS Institute of West Africa with funding from the Canadian International Development Research Centre The report says in spite of numerous benefits that the international policy on trade in ICT services offers very little efforts have been put in place in Ghana to educate local businesses of the benefits in the ICT sector

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    further energy savings reductions in e waste and enhanced consumer convenience by expanding the concept s application to the vast majority of ICT devices ITU T Study Group 5 Environment and climate change agreed the new draft Recommendation ITU T L 1001 standardizing the requirements of External universal power adapter UPA solutions for ICT equipment for stationary use at a recent meeting led by ITU s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau As with ITU T L 1000 ITU T L 1001 will also benefit countries not equipped with reliable AC power grids as it will be compatible with standalone AC produced by renewable energy sources including the 5V and 12V power interfaces of small photovoltaic systems solar energy Globally Recommendation ITU T L 1001 will reduce the number of power adapters that need to be manufactured by widening the range of compatible devices facilitating adapter reuse and recycling and increasing build quality and resilience to overvoltages Designed to promote an adapter lifespan of at least ten years the new ITU standard will drive substantial reductions in energy consumption used in information and communication technology ICT equipment manufacture limit device duplication reduce strain on raw materials and enable enormous reductions in e waste Dr Hamadoun I Touré Secretary General ITU Our global standard for universal phone chargers received a very warm welcome from vendors and consumers and I am certain that this new universal power adapter standard will enjoy the same worldwide success These important environmentally oriented standards will markedly reduce e waste and greenhouse gas emissions while saving money for vendors and consumers through more efficient use of raw materials and energy A study carried out by the University of Genoa commissioned by ITU and the Global e Sustainability Initiative GeSI estimates that the widespread adoption of an energy efficient UPA solution

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    the United Nations have announced global call for socially responsible Applications to empower women Body New York New Delhi Agnite Education American Digital University Applications for Good BluWorld DataWind Equal Access International and the United Nations Office for Partnerships are pleased to announce the Global Apps to Empower competition to challenge apps developers to create apps that empower all young women in leadership and mentorship jobs and entrepreneurship education and conflict resolution Applications that best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to have their apps featured on Datawind s Ubislate educational tablet DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said Our goal is to feature apps on our tablets for young women in developing countries who seek to become leaders in their communities to be mentored by some of the best leaders currently in business and government to learn how to start businesses find meaningful work and gain a practical skill that can improve not only her life but the lives of those in her community Our challenge is to leverage the power of technology and bridge the digital divide UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said We need to do more to help all children and

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    affordable access to information and communication technologies ICT and services for all Digital inclusion implies that everyone in particular indigenous peoples persons with disabilities women girls youth and children can use accessible and affordable ICTs as tools for their social and economic development Addressing the Summit the President of the Republic of Panama H E Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal emphasized the need for Internet connectivity costs to be reduced so that people not only in Panama but across the world will have access to affordable broadband networks He said The choice of Panama to host the summit recognizes the progress made by my Government s digital inclusion connectivity and Internet use ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré recognized President Berrocal s Internet for All initiative aimed at bringing free Internet access to the citizens of Panama and presented him with the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award The President of Costa Rica H E Laura Chinchilla Miranda patron of ITU s on Child Online Protection initiative highlighted the importance of strengthening security in cyberspace especially to keep online predators at bay In her keynote address at the Summit President Chinchilla said The younger generations of the planet are legitimate heirs to the fortune that offers tremendous technological developments of our time With just a gesture of their hands they have the opportunity to deliver to them the history of mankind to travel all over the world to venture into all the facets of science and to interact with those who want to regardless of race age nationality or geographical location This great technological revolution of our time belongs to them yet we must prevent that enjoyment from being stained We want them to explore with ease and security the wonderful world of the Internet confident in their desire to learn with the

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    a traditional generator at least for its size Scientists have developed a new device that can generate electricity from your body movements to power your cell phone The device built by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology consists of four discs layered on top of one another The first disc is made of copper and rotates The next is a polymer and remains stationary and the third is a gold layer that is divided into sectors with alternating sections cut out to make something that looks like a bicycle wheel The last layer is made of acrylic When the copper disc rotates positive charges in the copper move past the negative charges in the polymer This causes an imbalance of charges in the gold layer with each spoke of gold having either more positive or more negative charges The imbalance means that when a wire is connected between sectors a current flows The team led by researcher Zhong Lin Wang said the device can generate power as long as something causes the copper disc to rotate The device works on the same principle as static electricity For example when you walk on a rug in wool socks electrons build up in the socks and in you and when you touch a metal doorknob they jump from your finger making a spark LiveScience reported Wang said the new device is more efficient than a traditional generator at least for its size A generator works by moving either a wire through a magnetic field or a magnetic field over a stationary wire Either one requires a certain number of turns of wire to make a certain voltage plus a strong magnet However the device the researchers created can be made thin and flat The prototype demonstrated by Wang was about 10

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