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A team of Microsoft’s energy and environment experts participated in talks this last week at the UN Climate Summit in Cancun, called COP16. Our experts took part in numerous panels, events, and dialogues to highlight for policymakers and others the power of Information Communications Technology (ICT) to contribute significant solutions to the pressing issues of climate change and energy sustainability, such as telepresence, smart buildings, and many more.
At COP16, Microsoft and a coalition of IT companies including Ericsson, unveiled the “Guadalajara ICT Declaration for Transformative Low-Carbon Solutions.” Developed in collaboration with the Mexican government, the International Telecommunications Union (a UN agency), and many environmental groups, this declaration offers the ICT sector’s commitment to working with UN policymakers to ensure climate agreements promote the use of transformative ICT solutions that can significantly reduce CO2 emissions in society, and also play a strong role in climate adaptation.
Including Microsoft, over 40 ICT companies representing more than one trillion dollars in revenues, are backing the Declaration.
For more details on the Declaration and the types of solutions the ICT sector can provide, please see www.gesi.org.