Background reading


The following documents provide an overview of the topics discussed at the Forum:

  • Greener and Smarter: ICTs, the environment and climate change (download PDF). The report develops a framework for assessing the environmental benefits and impacts of ICTs, including the direct impacts of technologies themselves as well the impacts of ICTs in improving environmental performance more widely. The report outlines empirical findings on environmental impacts for a range of ICT and Internet applications in energy, transport, waste management and others.


  • The Recommendation of the OECD Council on ICTs and the Environment (more information) supports governments to increase the environmental benefits of ICT applications and improve environmental impacts of ICTs. It lays out a 10-point check list on how governments can employ ICTs to enhance national environmental performance.


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