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Green ICT and Sustainability Certification

A colleague in the financial services sector asked me about the integration of Green ICT into a taxonomy for sustainability certification.

My experience with taxonomies, particularly as founder of a business information company, has given me a crucial insight. Thoughtful construction up-front is the most beneficial, and the most neglected, aspect of taxonomy applications With that in mind, here are two key considerations for a successful Green ICT taxonomy implementation.

Green Bonds for Green ICT

Apple recently issued a "Green Bond". What is this new kind of debt instrument and how might it propel Green ICT?

Apple Issues a Green Bond

Vertatique has covered much innovation in Green ICT technology and practices. Now, we get to look at green ICT financing as Apple issues a Green Bond.

Apple announced the $1.5 billion debt instrument in a February 2016 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the the American regulatory agency for such matters. Apple's SEC filing contains interesting about the concept of a Green bond and the company's planned use of proceeds. We will exerpt it here, because this information is buried in a very lengthy technical document.


GSICT is the first IEEE International Workshop on Green Standardizations and Industry Issues for ICT and Relevant Technologies, held in conjunction with IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM). GSICT was organized by Dr. Jinsong Wu of the University of Chile.

Here is the source material for Matt Peterson's keynote talk at GSICT.

How Much ICT E-Waste?

Click on the "recycle" tag, above, and you will find all sorts of information about ICT's contribution to the global e-waste stream. Exactly how large is this contribution? It appears ICT gear only contributes about a quarter of the e-waste stream.

Healthcare and Green ICT

The "digital hospital" is just one indicator of how healthcare has become part of the Green ICT "Total Industry" model. A 2007 report by the US Energy Information Administration showed the impact: "The 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data showed that large hospitals (greater than 200,000 square feet) accounted for less than 1 percent of all commercial buildings and 2 percent of commercial floorspace, but consumed 4.3 percent of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2003 1. Data from the 2007 CBECS show that the major fuels (electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and district heat) consumed by large hospitals totaled 458 trillion Btu, which is 5.5 percent of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2007."

Hospitals and the healthcare facilities have begun to hear the call to action, but challenges remain.

Total ITC Global Electricity Footprint

I introduced the concept of "Total ITC / Total Industry" for Green ICT at my Globecom 2015 talk. Here is the graphic from my presentation, with data drawn from earlier work. The slide focuses on energy consumption, but applies to all aspects of Green ICT.

Renewable Energy for Remote Telecom

This is solar-powered base station on top of a mountain in Lapland (Finland).

Remote ICT infrastructures are embracing renewable energy for everything from earthquake mitigation in Japan to CO2e reduction in India. Fuel/power costs appear to have gone down since 2009 for off-grid mobile operations, but are still significant. Asia leads world in current renewable base stations and in growth potential. One operator - Indus Towers - now has 20,000 zero-diesel sites.

Broadcast Is an Important Part of ICT - and of Green ICT!

The "C" in ICT stands for "communications" and broadcast is a significant component of that industry and technology segment. Consider the statistics.

Green ICT at GLOBECOM 2015

The First IEEE International Workshop on Green Standardizations and Industry Issues for ICT and Relevant Technologies (GSICT) is being held in conjunction with the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2015). I'm honored to be one of two keynote speakers for the event.

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