TMT Program: The Internet and the Hidden Impact of Waste, featuring the International Telecommunications Union

On March 4 at 9am EST, please join us as the Alliance hosts a Tech, Media & Telecom (TMT) program entitled Internet Waste, featuring the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Rosie McDonald, consultant at the ITU, will be presenting. The webinar is a part of the TMT Group’s series of discussions defining the sector’s environmental challenges, discussing the issues involved, and proposing potential solutions. William Woo, Director of the Alliance’s TMT program, will moderate the event.

 

You must register on the following Zoom link to attend this event:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B-r0rI79SKe5m2I583TgYA

 

The full impact and regulation of materials and components critical to the digital economy is difficult to assess as the infrastructure and end-of-life management are less visible. This is true especially to individual consumers that use personal devices supported by data centers and telecommunication networks. In October 2020, the ITU in collaboration with WEEE Forum published Internet Waste for International E-Waste Day which explores the opportunities and challenges of end-of-life management of infrastructure equipment that enables mobile and Internet connectivity.  The thought paper focuses on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) derived from wireless infrastructure for mobile Internet connectivity, connected devices and data storage with examples from mobile networks, IoT and data centers. The aim of this paper is to raise awareness about waste from infrastructure that supports connectivity and the need for sustainable WEEE management practices within data centre and telecommunications industries considering forecasted growth.