This technical document analyzes the potential and existing contributions of broadband towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG7), which targets environmental sustainability, including reducing CO2. The review conducted in this study indicates that, in general terms, when it comes to leveraging the potential of broadband to promote environmental sustainability, high-income countries tend to focus on carbon abatement strategies, whereas developing nations envisage the use of broadband to reinforce the preservation of biodiversity and promote eco-friendly development. The final two chapters of the study review in detail two countries, Australia and Rwanda, who have featured environmental sustainability as a key element in their national broadband policies.

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Organization: ITU, UNESCO

Topics: Environment, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Policy Instruments, COP22 List of UN Publications

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2012

Language: English