February 1, 2008 Inauguration of the Green IT Promotion Council
Green IT Promotion Council
February 1, 2008
Global warming is a top-priority issue requiring an urgent, global-scale response. Recognizing that radical technological innovation has a critical role to play in achieving harmony between our economic and social activities and the global environment,
Japan has created the "Cool Earth-Innovative Energy Technology Program" for the development of new technologies from a long-term perspective. IT and electronics technologies stand to make a major contribution to realizing these new technologies.
The greater economic, logistical and administrative efficiency achieved through the sophisticated control and management enabled by IT and electronics technologies should also generate greater productivity and greater energy efficiency in all economic and social activities, contributing substantially to reducing environmental impact.
At the same time, by 2025 the full-scale introduction of IT is expected to have boosted international information flows by around 200 times the level in 2006. This information explosion will also vastly increase the number of IT devices in use, positioning the energy consumption of IT devices themselves as a key issue.
The Japanese government has developed the “Green IT Initiative” as a means of achieving a balance between environmental protection and economic growth. The Green IT Promotion Council was established on 1 February 2008 as an industry-government-university partnership for promoting concrete action under this initiative.
We at the Green IT Promotion Council look forward to utilizing the manufacturing, environment and energy-saving technological capacity that is Japan’s strength to transform all aspects of our economy, society and lifestyles, while also working toward further Energy-saving of and by IT devices.
(The post at the time of the establishment)