IT essential to carbon emissions debate: AIIA

IT industry to play a vital role in any carbon pricing framework

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has weighed in on the debate on carbon pricing with its chief executive, Ian Birks, stating that the IT industry will play a critical role in the transition to a low carbon economy.

In a statement following the Federal Government’s announcement of a carbon pricing framework, Birks said developing environmental sustainability has been a long-term priority for the local industry.

“The ICT industry takes management of its own carbon emissions very seriously and it is an area in which we aim to lead by example,” he said.

Birks said the use of IT, from the household through to the enterprise, could help address the need to reduce carbon emissions.

“Better management of resources through smarter systems is available today through current technologies,” he said.

“We need to think about how ICT can drive the process changes we aim to see as a country in order to reduce energy consumption, avoid waste and make more efficient use of our natural resources.

“Technology will also be central to the development of robust measurement, reporting and monitoring of carbon use and abatement strategies.”

Birks added a major factor in achieving this goal will be to influence behavioural change through the introduction of more sustainable infrastructure developments and appropriate government policy, by way of incentive schemes and regulation.

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