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4.3.1 Canada's High Tech Key to Low Carbon Future

By making better use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Canada's GHG emissions can be reduced by 20 million tonnes a year. With more aggressive implementation, reductions as high as 36 million tonnes a year are realistically achievable in a 2020 timeframe.

The Information and communications networks, software, hardware, and broadband services can be deployed to reduce GHG emissions, including:

- Build a tele-work culture

- Encourage more electronic meetings

- Facilitate more e-products and e-transactions

- Deploy electronic meters and controls

4.3.2 California, Canada campuses combat greenhouse gas emissions with green IT

In 2006, UBC's Vancouver campus surpassed Canada's 2012 Kyoto Protocol targets, having reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent over a period of 16 years. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of California, San Diego- both sustainability leaders - and Prompt Inc., a non-profit corporation that fosters research and development, building university-industry partnerships to increase the competitiveness of Quebec's information and communications technology (ICT) sector. In the near term, the institutions agreed to develop methods to share greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data in connection with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for information computer and telecommunications equipment (ISO 14062), as well as baseline emission data for cyberinfrastructure and networks (ISO 14064).


  1. WWWF-Canada, (2008): High Tech Key to Low Carbon Future, Retrieved on 13th November, from
  2. EurekAlert, (2008): California, Canada campuses combat greenhouse gas emissions with green IT, Retrieved on 13th November, from
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