Advancing Environmentally Sustainable ICT in Canada: A Call to Action for a Digitally Inspired Sustainable Economy

In collaboration with The Digital Governance Council and the Information and Communications Technology Council a new report highlights approaches to intersect digital technologies and sustainability

 

A collaborative approach critical for digital technologies

The Digital Governance Council (DGC) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) on the release of the report “Advancing Environmentally Sustainable ICT in Canada.” This report highlights the need for increased awareness and action to prioritize sustainability in the development, use, and disposal of digital technologies in Canada and along the global ICT supply chain.

“As we navigate the challenges of the 21st century, it is important that we recognize the interconnectedness of our actions and their impact on the environment. This collaborative report highlights the critical need to prioritize sustainability in the development, use, and disposal of digital technologies. While the digital sector may seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of environmental concerns, it too has a role to play in mitigating climate change and preserving our planet. By embracing sustainable practices, we can pave the way for a more environmentally conscious future, where the benefits of technology are harnessed without compromising our natural resources.”

– Keith Jansa, CEO of the Digital Governance Council.

 

Advancing Environmentally Sustainable ICT in Canada Report Findings

The report emphasizes that while digitization is seen as part of the solution to climate change, ICT manufacturing and use contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and ecological harms. To address these issues, the report outlines steps stakeholders can take to advance sustainable ICT in Canada, including building awareness, capacity-building programs, increased supply chain transparency, and the use of environmental sustainability criteria and standards in procurement and funding agreements.

 

Finding solutions for ICT’s environmental impacts

The DGC recognizes that addressing ICT’s environmental impacts is not only an ethical choice but also an economic imperative for resource efficiency, innovation, job creation, and economic growth. By collaborating with the ICTC, the DGC aims to drive awareness around actionable change and promote a digitally inspired sustainable economy for Canada. Together, they invite leaders from the digital economy to join in signing the Sustainable IT Pledge, which aims to cut emissions from digital technologies.

To learn more about “Advancing Environmentally Sustainable ICT in Canada” download the report

 

About the Digital Governance Council

The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit www.dgc-cgn.org or contact info@dgc-cgn.org.

 

For media inquiries:

Shyra Craig
Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Lead
Digital Governance Council
Shyra.craig@dgc-cgn.org

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