The OECD Recommendation lays out a 10-point check list on how governments can employ ICTs to enhance national environmental performance. It encourages cross-sector co-operation and knowledge exchange on resource-efficient ICTs and “smart” applications, and highlights the importance of governments supporting R&D and innovation. By doing so, governments send positive signals for private sector investments. “Smart” electricity grid technologies for example have been receiving government attention and have attracted venture capital investments during the crisis, despite overall clean technologies seeing a dip (see Figure 2).
This Recommendation applies to OECD countries and non-members. It is part of the wider OECD work developing a Green Growth Strategy to guide government policies. Governments and stakeholders will discuss related strategies at this year’s OECD Forum 2010 – “Road to Recovery: Innovation, Jobs & Clean Growth”.
Figure 1. Number of “Green ICT” initiatives, by life cycle phase
Source: OECD, 2009, “Towards Green ICT Strategies: Assessing Policies and Programmes on ICT and the Environment”, DSTI/ICCP/IE(2008)3/FINAL.
Figure 2. Growth of global venture capital, smart grids compared with all clean technologies, indices (2005 = 1.0)
Source: OECD calculations, based on data by Cleantech Group.
For comments on the OECD recommendation on ICTs and the environment, please contact
Taylor REYNOLDS, Head of the Information Economy Group
Taylor.Reynolds [at] oecd.org
+33 1 45 24 93 84.