Internet and Climate Change

16 November 2009 - A Dynamic Coalition on Internet Governance for Development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt



The Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) is an open body committed to moderating the environmental impact of the Internet and to seeking new ways to embrace the power of the Internet for reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and to enable transformation in line with the objectives set and to be set under the UNFCCC.


It is estimated that the Internet consumes up to one trillion kilowatt hours of electricity per year, amounting to around 5 per cent of the world’s total electricity consumption. More than half of this figure comes from PCs, laptops and screens, but data centres are also a major contributor. Although it is difficult to be precise, it is clear that this figure is growing, especially as Internet use expands in the developing world. More efficient energy use can reduce these numbers significantly, but there is a need to raise user awareness.

Furthermore, a globally-connected, broadband Internet can generate savings in terms of encouraging flexible work patterns, travel substitution and supply-chain optimization.


Membership in the DCICC is open; current members include UN agencies, standards development organizations, researchers, vendors, network operators and other bodies.

The DCICC now consists of 40 members:

Organizations and Institutions


The Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate change had its 5th meeting in Baku Azerbaijan. The meeting description and the report of the meeting can be found here.

The third meeting will be held on 16 September 2010. Additional information, including the programme can be found at:

The DCICC held its first physical meeting on 4 December at the third IGF in Hyderabad, India (report of the first meeting). The second DCICC meetingtook place on 16 November 2009 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. A summary report is located here. The meeting agreed on a Statement on Climate Change and the Internet.


The website of the DCICC is maintained by the ITU.

A mailing list has been created to facilitate the exchange of ideas on Internet and Climate Change. Please register at subscribe to DCICC, which is located under the node ITU/ITU-T/Other Groups. Additional information can be found here.


  • Ms. Cristina Bueti (ITU, DCICC Secretariat) – cristina.bueti at