October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, the global tech trade association ITI welcomed the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) 26th Conference of the Party’s (COP26) goals to mitigate climate change and offered recommendations that the participating governments can advance in partnership with industry to support its global efforts. In a statement to Conference leaders, ITI strongly endorsed the Conference’s aims of building a sustainable low carbon future through cross-sectoral partnerships and policies that encourage innovation and ensure an equitable and economically dynamic world.

“Climate change presents environmental, economic, and social challenges that demand an immediate and meaningful response on a global basis from all sectors of society, including governments and the private sector,” ITI said in its statement. “Information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled efficiency and decarbonization solutions not only provide carbon reduction opportunities for the ICT sector but also enable other sectors of the economy to reduce their climate impact. Doing so will not only help address and minimize the impacts of climate change, but it will also support economic growth, and promote investments and create green jobs that will help avoid irreversible damage to our economies, societies, and planet.”

In order to further these global efforts, ITI encourages the participating governments to advance the following recommendations:

  • Support robust government investment in clean technologies and infrastructure, such as 100% zero-carbon electricity generated by utilities and other energy commodities, especially in buildings and transportation segments and resilient infrastructure; energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings; and incentives for the development of energy efficient products.

  • Ensure climate policies are applied in an equitable manner that minimizes the social and economic costs for those least able to bear them and supports UNFCCC’s focus on Environmental Justice.

  • Leverage market-based solutions where possible that preserve the competitiveness of businesses and companies that have invested significantly in the global economy, without causing market disruptions and ensuring alignment with international trade obligations.

  • Advance climate resilience and adaptation by increasing funding and research to support communities.

  • Eliminate regulatory and market barriers to the deployment of emissions reduction technologies and low-carbon energy.

  • Encourage incentives, including tax incentives, to promote rapid development and deployment of clean and efficient energy technologies.

  • Promote the tech “handprint” of enabling other sectors of the economy to also reduce their climate impact.

Learn more about ITI members’ sustainability efforts and read the full statement here.

Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability