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UK wants technology included in Copenhagen climate talks

Rebecca Thomson

Officials campaigning to get IT addressed at the Copenhagen climate talks in December are writing proposals which they hope will get a mention.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU)) and the OECD are fighting to get IT addressed during the talks, which will shape the world's response to climate change over the coming years.

At the moment there is no plan to mention how technology could contribute to measuring and lowering emissions. Catalina McGregor, founder of the government's Green ICT delivery unit, is helping to push the initiative through in her role as the ITU liaison officer to the OECD and the European Commission.

She went to talks in Barcelona last week with Deutsche Telekom and the OECD, and the group is now writing a short text it wants included in the Copenhagen agreement.

It also wants developing countries to be able to apply for funds that will support their use of green IT.

The group will announce its recommendations on 15 December. McGregor said, "It could potentially do a world of good, offering a wider range of clean tech solutions to work in combination."

She added the announcement will be the only IT-related message at Copenhagen. "The point will have been made, but I cannot be certain of the outcome."


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