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Resolution_actionplan_finaldoc - The UNI europa ICT Forum Green

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Resolution_actionplan_finaldoc - The UNI europa ICT Forum Green

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    UNI europa ICTS Forum 2009: Green ICT for jobs

    Resolution and action plan

The UNI europa ICTS Forum Green ICT for jobs

     gathering 91 participants from 29 trade unions from 17 countries, at Helsingør, Denmark, on 28-30 October 2009,

     enthusiastically embraced the challenge of addressing climate change and the transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy,

     applauds the initiative undertaken by a number of trade unions such as the “green workplace”

    initiative by the British TUC and Unite, the Nordic engineers with the “future climate” project and national climate plans, LO Denmark’s project on employee driven innovation,

     appreciates the pioneering work of promoting Green ICTs done by organisations such as TCO Development, GeSI, OECD, Greenpeace, WWF,

     emissions, emphasizes that the ICT industry and the use of ICTs generate 2% of global CO2

    however, ICTs can contribute substantially to reduce the 98% of emissions caused by other sectors such as buildings, agriculture, transport, manufacturing industries, etc., points out that the ICT industry itself has to go beyond the CO challenge and has to deal with its 2

    own environmental and social sustainability issues.

The UNI europa ICTS Forum:

     welcomes EU Commissions communication of March 2009, mobilizing Information and

    Communication Technologies to facilitate the transition to an energy efficient, low-carbon economy,

     regards the EU Commission’s 2007 energy and climate change targets “20-20-20” ( 20%

    reduction in energy consumption, 20% renewables and 20% less greenhouse gas emissions by

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    2020) as minimum targets; higher targets would be achievable on the basis of existing technology,

     supports the EU Commission’s proposal that the ICT industry takes a lead and sets an example

    by reducing its own carbon footprint, though we believe that more than 20% by 2015 would be appropriate.

The UNI europa ICTS Forum

     agrees with TCO Development that environmental aspects of ICTs have to be addressed throughout the entire life cycle of ICT products:

    ; the production process, right from the start of the supply chain, has to be

    environmentally and socially sustainable,

    ; the product has to be designed for long duration, avoiding toxic and hazardous

    materials,

    ; the usage of the product should facilitate energy savings and highest levels of energy

    efficiency,

    ; the products should be designed for sustainable recycling at the end of the life cycle, believes that new ICT enabled services have potentially the greatest impact in reducing the ecological footprint throughout the entire economy by applying for example:

    ; smart building, energy, water and waste management systems,

    ; virtualisation and dematerialisation services such as telework, teleconferencing, e-

    commerce, substitution of paper through e-invoicing, etc.,

    ; energy efficient and carbon neutral data centers.

The UNI europa ICTS Forum

     emphasises that a “Green New Deal” is needed, stimulating investment in R&D and the creation of a market for green ICT, which will help both, to address the environmental crisis and contribute to economic recovery,

     is convinced that private and public investment in Green ICTs and high-speed networks will help to reduce the impact of the economic crisis, and will lead to economic growth and creating new and skilled jobs in the ICT industry itself and in ICT using industries,

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     requests that the shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy must be accompanied by active labour market policies, including comprehensive training and re-skilling programmes for green jobs.

The UNI europa ICTS Forum

    th appeals to the World Leaders, European Governments and the EU Negotiators that the 15Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009

    ; to come up with a strong and binding commitment to ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG)

    emission reduction targets,

    ; to take into account the potential benefits of Green ICTs to lead the path towards

    carbon economies,

    ; to encompass the ITUC demands of

    ; ensuring that the new agreement contains a call for “Just Transition” as it

    appears in the current draft,

    ; ensuring that the next agreement takes specific mention of employment and

    income,

    ; including the promotion of consultation and dialogue with all stakeholders,

    and the role of trade unions as social partners, at the international, sectoral,

    national and local level, as means for fostering and speeding up

    implementation of effective and employment-sensitive climate change

    policies.

The UNI europa ICTS Forum

    - recommends that the UNI europa ICTS Steering Group resolves to:

     integrate the key suggestions arising from the Green ICTS Forum into its strategic plan, monitor implementation of Green ICT measures in companies and compare the effects with announced targets,

     promote the use of green labels that encompass environmental and social sustainability

    standards such as the TCO Development certificates,

     encourage endorsement of Green ICTs and emission targets by EWCs and in global and national agreements,

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     seek dialogue on Green ICT with the European Parliament, European Commission, GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative), NGOs and Industry Federations,

     build collective bargaining power along the whole supply chain and life cycle of ICT products, campaign at European level to set out incentives for green business models, launch R&D programmes for Green ICT and establish a EU tripartite monitoring body for Green ICT, which undertakes impact analysis along the whole supply chain, including countries outside Europe;

- recommends that UNI europa affiliates resolve to:

     raise awareness and involvement among trade union officers and trade union members through training and widespread adoption of the concept of workplace environmental representatives,

     work to understand skills needs and job opportunities arising from Green ICT and a lower carbon economy,

     encourage employee involvement in company initiatives,

     initiate dialogue with relevant employers even where there is no formal recognition agreement,

     include Green ICT issues in recruitment campaigns,

     stimulate implementation of green ICT and procurement policies in their own organisation in order to set positive examples,

     seek widespread implementation of green ICT standards through collective bargaining;

    - considers further ways in which the UNI europa ICTS sector can work towards a sustainable low-carbon economy.

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