ITU, ISO, IEC, and partners aim to speed up climate action with digital tech

Huawei has joined hands with more than 40 leading tech companies and organizations to push for Green Digital Action (GDA) at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Change agreement (COP28), hosted by the UAE, that closed on Tuesday.

Huawei is a founding member of the initiative and, together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), co-leads the action plan and launch of a peer-learning working group to strengthen industry and international collaboration on environmental sustainability standards.

The plan seeks to “create a roadmap that will guide future work and call on experts to contribute post-COP28… and call to experts to share best practices that are not yet standardized,” the document states.

The working group will meet throughout 2024, until COP29, to accelerate the implementation of identified standards, share best practices, and address existing gaps.

Huawei pilots the GDA pillar on green standards, which represents an effort to bring sustainability to the forefront of digital practices.

In an outcome document published toward the end of COP28, the ITU said: “Driven by collaboration and consensus decisions, international standardization is a key avenue to make meaningful progress toward the future we want.”

Key outcomes also include a joint statement by ITU, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on the importance of sustainability being built into technical standards development.

“The digital technology sector is giving us reason for hope with their clear commitments on climate action,” said Tomas Lamanauskas, ITU Deputy Secretary-General and convener of GDA. He added that the ITU “will work with our tech partners to ensure follow-through on these commitments with the aim of expanding and strengthening them in the future.”

GDA took place Dec 2-9 at COP28. Huawei was involved in five separate GDA events that accelerate action and showcase tech industry commitments.

The nearly year-long effort behind GDA involved over 40 partners, ranging from industry associations, UN agencies, to governments and the private sector.

For more information:

ITU Deputy Secretary-General Tomas Lamanauskas’ video interview with Ayla Xin Chang, Vice President, Standardization and Industry Development, Huawei on the GDA:

GDA media assets at:

High-level Opening of the GDA on Dec 2, 2023:

Session “Leveraging ICT’s positive impacts on the climate” on Dec 2, 2023:

Session “Crowdsourcing AI Solutions for Climate Change” on Dec 2, 2023:

Session “From commitment to action: Implementing standards for a sustainable future” on Dec 4, 2023:

Photo captions:

Victor Chen, Huawei’s Chief Green Transformation Officer, Standardization & Industry Development speaks at the High-Level Opening of the GDA
Ayla Xin Chang, Huawei’s Vice President, Standardization and Industry Development, speaks at the GDA Session “From Commitment to Action: Implementing Standards for a Sustainable Future”

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