Denmark is hosting a high-level OECD conference on 'green' IT with delegates from 20 countries on 27-28 May in Helsingør north of Copenhagen, with the objective of further developing policy instruments and analysis related to ICTs and environmental performance. The news is reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen and on the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation's website.
The Secretary-General of OECD, Angel Gurría, and the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander, will open the conference entitled "ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change".
Henrik Kjær, chief consultant of the national IT and Telecom Agency told Børsen: There is no doubt that with this conference, Denmark is helping to make green IT a trend, and we can be proud of that. Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands have already been inspired by our action plan for green IT."
IT accounts for two per cent of the world's CO2 emissions - the same amount that airlines emit. The overall aim of the conference is to develop strategies that incorporate IT in climate improvements and to make the use of IT green.
Speakers and chairs at the conference include Esko Aho, executive vice president of Nokia and former Prime Minister of Finland, Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist of Microsoft, Dr. Ignacio Campino, head of sustainability and climate change of Deutsche Telekom and Takayuki Sumita, director of information and communication electronics, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.