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Carbon Disclosure Project 2011


Broadband is critical if ICT is to realize its potential GHG emissions savings – if devices are not reliably connected to the network, they will not be adopted. The transfer of data is becoming increasingly important for everyday life as seen by the increased data traffic and use of smartphones and tablet computers. Broadband is cutting carbon emissions by reducing the need to travel and the production of physical goods such as newspapers, music and books. Advancing the broadband network and addressing current inequalities in distribution and access will have significant social benefits, especially in rural areas where increased broadband has the potential to improve access to jobs, healthcare and education. What’s more, the U.S. is already in the forefront in critical areas of broadband communications, led by companies such as Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Google and Microsoft. The U.S. can seize the commercial opportunity that enhanced broadband presents, stimulating economic growth and improving our standards of living while decreasing GHG emissions and diminishing our dependence on foreign sources of oil.


Now is the moment to seize this opportunity. By investing in technology that can produce innovative breakthroughs that can be scaled across industry sectors in the shortest possible time we can stimulate economic growth, environmental benefits and strengthen communities.


Contents 1 2


Introduction – The challenge and opportunity posed by increased competition for natural resources


The ICT Sector: creating more economic value with lower greenhouse gas emissions


Paul Dickinson’s vision of the future enabled by broadband


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Investing in broadband: grow the economy, reduce carbon emissions, strengthen communities


Interview with Dan Esty - sustainability thought leader


4 Case Studies


• Commerce • Health • Education • Work


5 Conclusion


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