ICT for sustainable development

We are committed to continue bringing our contribution to the sustainable development of Romanian economy and society. The 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report represents the first step in looking at our data, strategy, plans and achievement from the perspective of contribution.

ICT SECTOR CONTRIBUTION TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

It is now a fact that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a sector can contribute immensely to the national GDP and that ICT, acting as an enabler, can result in improved market competitiveness of a nation’s products and services. ICTs can impact positively on governance and other sectors of the economy, can effectively assist international economic integration, improve living standards, narrow the digital divide, and improve biodiversity utilization and management. This is true in the case of Romania also. Between 2010 and 2015, the Romanian ICT sector grew by almost 45%, its contribution to Romania GDP increased from 3.4% in 2011 to 6.7% in 2015. Romania is the no.1 country in Europe and no.3 in the world of download speed of fixed broadband with 72.15 Mbps and 9 out of the top 15 cities in the world in fastest internet speeds are from our country.

 

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ICT SECTOR POTENTIAL IN REDUCING GHG EMISSIONS

According to GESI – SMARTer 2020 Report, at global level, ICT enabled solutions offer the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 16.5%, create 29.5 million jobs and yield USD 1.9 trillion in savings.
Power
ICT adoption in the power sector could yield 2.0 GtCO e in abatement (or 22% of total estimated abatement) by playing a critical role in the creation of a more dynamic power market with supply and pricing responding to changes in demand, vital for effectively integrating renewable energy into the power supply.
Agriculture and land use
Emissions reductions from this sector could reach 1.6 GtCO e (18% of total). As the inputs required to grow crops emit large quantities of emissions, ICT that allows farmers to accurately assess how much to irrigate and fertilize their crops will lead to emissions abatement.
Transportation
Emissions reductions in transportation could reach 1.9 GtCO2e (21% of total). Increased efficiency in cargo transit through improved logistics networks and fleet management represents a significant abatement opportunity. Telecommuting and increased use of video conferencing can reduce transportation needs.
Buildings
ICT can abate 1.6 GtCO2e (18% of total) in this sector by providing occupants with the systems required to support the generation of renewable energy and incorporate it into the building’s power supply. Smart design can reduce lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs while building management systems ensure that those systems are used efficiently.
Manufacturing
ICT-enabled efficiency in factories and other manufacturing applications could allow for 1.2 GtCO2e (13% of total) in abatement from the manufacturing sector. Through solutions that, for example, better control a motor system to match its power usage to a required output, there are many opportunities for ICT to make manufacturing more efficient.
Consumer and services
Emissions reductions through ICT in the consumer and service sector could reach 0.7 GtCO2e (8% of total). ICT connects consumers to merchants via the Internet and enables them to purchase goods online rather than physically traveling to the store. ICT enabled software can develop packaging that generates less waste and conserves resources.