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Climate Change and E-waste

E-waste Pilot Plant

Watch a video on the establishment of the first e-waste pilot plant, in La Plata, Argentina.

Successful Electronic Waste Management Initiatives

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Handbook: Policy framework on ICT/e-waste

​NEW The Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste is available for download (pdf format).

Building an E-waste Coalition

On 21 March 2018 during WSIS Forum 2018, UN agencies highlighted their commitment to address the challenge of e-waste. More >

​Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provide a growing amount of opportunities for sustainable development and to address challenges related to climate change. ICTs are fundamental for monitoring climate change, and mitigating and adapting to its effects, for example in the area of early-warning system. ICTs also deliver smart applications and transform the way services are delivered - including in the area of energy, waste, and water management - to reduce the carbon footprint. 

At the same time, it is important to address the environmental challenges that a growing ICT industry presents. A growing information society increases the level of energy consumption and the emission of carbon dioxide, for the growing spread and use of ICT services, networks and devices. The amount of e-waste is on the rise and it contains hazardous substances that, if treated inadequately, can cause severe environmental and human health impacts.

ITU's objective is to maximize the benefits of new opportunities from ICTs, while understanding and limiting their negative impacts.

Climate Change and ICTs

ICTs play a key role in addressing major challenges related to climate change and sustainable development. They are fundamental in the monitoring of the environment and the climate, and they help countries mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
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E-waste constitutes one of the fastest growing streams of physical waste. The rate of growth of ICT-related e-waste is particularly high because of the rapid development and the pace of change in technology, shorter product lifecycles, more networks, and more data centers. 
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ITU’s work to harmonize telecommunication/ICT policies including environmental components is carried out through various partnerships, projects, meetings and workshops. ITU's work is carried out through the framework of ITU resolutions and strategic plan.
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ITU-D Study Groups and Environment

ITU-D Study Groups provide an opportunity for all ITU Members to share experiences, present ideas, exchange views, and achieve consensus on appropriate strategies to address ICT priorities. A large number of ICT issues are discussed, including ICTs and climate change and e-waste.  More >


As part of our work, ITU organizes and
co-organizes seminars, workshops and other events in order to heighten awareness amongst all concerned. ITU always strives to use multi-stakeholder approach.
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Sustainable Development Goals

ITU's work highlights the role that ICTs play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including to foster environmental sustainability. Through various activities in the area of environmental protection, ITU contributes to the implementation of the SDGs. More >