ITU Digital World 2021
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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

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Greening our own house: addressing the environmental footprint of digital technologies

Forum session
13:30 - 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

Sustainability and climate change are among the defining issues of our time. The ICT sector and cutting-edge digital technologies such as AI, IoT and robotics are increasingly important in enabling governments to tackle these challenges and meet major global targets such as the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the ITU’s Connect 2030 Agenda. But in parallel, the negative environmental impact of digital technologies continues to grow – including the issue of e-waste. Is the ICT sector doing enough to reduce its own environmental footprint? What is the role of policy makers in shaping carbon-neutral digital markets? How can producers and operators reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and create tools and systems friendly to the environment? What happens to decommissioned equipment? How can we tackle the e-waste challenge and achieve a circular economy? How can governments best support, promote, and implement digital technologies in a sustainable manner? And are global standards key to accelerating digital transformation whilst meeting the ICT sector’s net-zero goals and sustainability targets?


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Opening Remarks

Bilel Jamoussi

Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

International Telecommunication Union



Máté Mester

Managing Partner




Pernilla Bergmark

Principal Researcher, ICT Sustainability Impacts



Nevine Tewfik Loutfi

Head of Research, Studies and Policies at the International Relations Division

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)


Serge Abiteboul

Member of the Board

Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)


Daisy Zhu

VP of Wireless Marketing

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.


Eugenio Androvetto Villalobos

Director, Directorate of Radiation Protection and Environmental Health

Ministerio de Salud

Costa Rica

Marie-Noël Bruné Drisse

Technical Officer

World Health Organization


Muath AlRumayh

Manager of international collaboration and negotiation

Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia

Serge Conesa

Founder & CEO

Immersion4 SA