Among the gadgets presented at the Greener Gadgets Design Competition last February in New York City, two mobile phones attracted attention: Bamboo, a degradable mobile phone made of bio plastic and bamboo that can be recharged with muscle power and ; Woood, a green smart phone made of extruded wood composite.
ICT companies worldwide are announcing green products and initiatives. In October 2008, search engine giant Google unveiled its ambitious Clean Energy 2030 proposal for the United States. On October 20, 2008, HP announced two new consumer desktop PCs with reduced impact on the environment (view here). In a recent interview for the French specialized website greenIT.fr, Pierre Olivier, co-founder of Stonefield In World, highlighted the ecologically sustainable aspects of Second Life. By using Second Life's virtual conference and training tools, companies can drastically reduce their CO2 emissions linked to air transport (view here). Mobile operator Orange announced on October 2, 2008 its new "eco label" for mobile phones in partnership with WWF (view here).
Governments and international organizations are of course pushing the green ICT trend. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is now making climate change a key priority. According to its Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré, the ITU is committed to working with its membership to promote the use of ICT as an effective tool to combat climate change. As part of its "ICT and climate change" strategy, ITU recently held two symposia in Kyoto and London and established a new ITU group to work on standards related to the impact of ICT on climate change under the chairmanship of David Faulkner of BT. At the Global Standards Symposium in Johannesburg in October 2008, ITU delegates were called on to commit to specific programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help ensure that the expansion of global communications networks is done in an environmentally friendly manner.
At the EU level, ICT and climate change issues are addressed through several initiatives. The Council recognized the potential of ICT to help address climate and environmental changes in its conclusions on Future Networks and the Internet adopted on November 27, 2008. The Commission announced the release of a Communication on ICTs and energy efficiency in 2009 as part of its "i2010 mid-term review - Preparing Europe's digital future" (COM (2008) 199). Another policy forum for climate change in the EU is patent policy. In May 2008, the European Patent Forum focused on patents and eco-technology. It was the first major conference to address the question of how the patent system should be adapted to foster innovation in the climate sector and not to become an obstacle to the development of green technologies in Europe.
Finally, at the national level, green technology is at the forefront of the technology program of President-elect Barack Obama and of the "France numérique 2012" plan released by the French government in October 2008.