The Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada

The Minister of Environment, on behalf of Environment Canada, has asked the Council of Canadian Academies to provide an assessment of the new and innovative uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for a greener Canada.

Progress Report

The Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada held its fifth and final meeting on October 7 to 8th in Toronto. During this meeting, the Panel considered the results from the peer review process, refined the report’s conclusions and findings, and tasked Council staff with implementing any changes arising from the meeting in preparation for publication. The Panel will meet by teleconference to sign off on the final report, which is expected to be released in spring 2014.

Background

For the purposes of this assessment, a greener Canada is defined as one where efficient and sustainable use of resources, such as land, energy, water, infrastructure and manufactured products are maximized; waste in all areas of human consumption, particularly harmful waste, is reduced, recycled or reused appropriately; and adaptation takes place where necessary.  This concept also involves producing less polluting emissions, and using non-polluting alternative energy sources.

Due to the rising costs of energy production and use, along with broadened awareness about the associated environmental impacts, finding efficiencies in all areas of society has taken on increased importance.  The global economic situation has also become a motivator for reducing expenditures. 

There is a significant untapped and undefined potential for energy savings through ICT-enabled efficiency measures and technology improvements.  This assessment, once complete, will provide an in-depth and balanced report on the potential for new and innovative uses of ICT to contribute to a greener Canada.

The full assessment process is expected to take 18 to 24 months and will include a rigorous peer review exercise to ensure the report is objective, balanced and evidence-based. Following the review and approval by the Council’s Board of Governors, the complete report will be made available on the Council’s website in both official languages.  More information about the Council’s process can be found here.

Question

What existing or potential opportunities exist to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to create a greener Canada?

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada is chaired by David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada. For a complete list of panel members visit the Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada page.

The Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada

For further information, please contact:

Emmanuel Mongin, Acting Program Director at 613-567-5000 ext. 284 or emmanuel.mongin@scienceadvice.ca

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