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The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action


A report from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change

The Broadband Bridge This report is the result of work conducted by the Working Group on Climate Change, chaired by Mr Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson; to be released at the 5th meeting of the Broadband Commission in Ohrid, Macedonia.

The report emphasizes the kind of transformative solutions that are enabled by broadband and provides practical examples of how this technology can contribute to reducing greenhouse gasses (GHGs), mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and promoting resource efficiency. It concludes with 10 recommendations for policy makers and global leaders to hasten and strengthen the ability of ICT and broadband to accelerate global progress towards a low-carbon future.

Message from Mr Hans Vestberg and Dr Hamadoun Touré

Climate change is among the biggest challenges humankind has ever faced. No country will remain untouched: some may experience extreme weather events, others severe drought, or sea level rises resulting in the loss of coastal areas. World leaders, based on scientific consensus from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have for several years been working towards a goal of preventing global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) ,to contain the most severe risks and consequences of climate change. This will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG), in particular CO2 —a daunting task that can only be achieved with transformation to a low-carbon economy.

This report aims to show how broadband can contribute to reducing GHG, as well as mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. To fulfill this potential a new policy framework is required. To illustrate this, this report showcases best government practices in mobilizing ICT to reduce GHGs and build inclusive societies. This report proposes 10 recommendations for policy makers that we believe would hasten and strengthen the ability of ICT and broadband to accelerate global progress towards the low-carbon economy.

We welcome your feedback and hope that the report will be a springboard for further discussion and action.


The group, chaired by Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, was launched in Barcelona (Spain) on 16 February 2011. The group has held three meetings via teleconference on 31 March, 30 May 2011 and 04 October.

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