ICT Solutions for 21st Century Sustainable Living

The CSCP has worked with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to review the potential benefits of ICT solutions including through a sustainable lifestyles lens suitable for a wider audience. The #SMARTer2030 report, launched on 9 June 2015, shows that information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to enable a 20% reduction of global CO2e emissions by 2030, hold emissions at 2015 levels, and effectively decouple economic growth from emission growth while delivering significant benefits to society.

As ICT has become faster, cheaper, and more accessible globally, project results highlight its potential to generate powerful environmental, economic and social benefits beyond what has been envisioned as recently as two years ago through a comparable study. Findings show an ICT-enabled world that is cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous, with greater opportunities for individuals everywhere. Download the report at:


ICT-driven economic, environmental and social benefits – addressing hot spots

Though ICT is transforming all aspects of the economy, our research has found that the following eight sectors will deliver the most significant ICT-enabled sustainability benefits to the global economy: mobility & logistics, manufacturing, food, buildings, energy, work & business, health, and learning.

An assessment of these sectors indicates over $11 trillion in economic benefits per year by 2030, slightly greater than China’s expected annual GDP for 2015.

Further #SMARTer2030 ICT solutions can address key lifestyle hot spots in the areas of food, mobility, and housing.

  • ICT-enabling HOUSING solutions

Reduce energy use in the home and CO2 with SMARTer 2030 solutions

ICT is expected to play a key role in delivering zero-net energy houses through a combination of SMART building technologies, SMART grid technologies, connected energy efficient appliances and electronics, as well as increased use of mobile devices and sensors for the individual to directly control the use of energy in their home. Many of these solutions are already underway and could be proliferated to optimise sustainability benefits.

  • ICT-enabling FOOD solutions

Reduce meat consumption and CO2 with SMARTer 2030 solutions

The SMARTer 2030 solutions of smart agriculture, smart buildings, e-commerce and e-health all contribute to the reduction of CO2 from food consumption.

SMART ICT and e-services can help to address the CO2 of meat and dairy consumption by enabling shifts in food choices through better health information via e-health tools. Focused food choices are possible via e-commerce targeted to daily dietary intake targets, electronic best before food spoilage dates, and smart connected appliances that regulate the food that is already in the fridge. E-commerce also has the benefit of reducing conspicuous consumption as it tallies dietary calories in real-time with effective immediate feedback mechanisms,, material intensity, and best before dates to avoid over-stockage and food waste.

  • ICT-enabling MOBILITY solutions

Reduce car use and CO2 with SMARTer 2030 solutions

The SMARTer 2030 solutions for connected private transportation, traffic control & optimisation, as well as e-commerce, e-health, e-banking, e-learning and e-work all contribute to the reduction of CO2 from personal mobility with more efficient car use and reducing the necessity to use personal motor vehicles for daily errands.

Role of the CSCP in #SMARTer2030

The CSCP provided technical expertise and research to link ICT solutions to broader lifestyle benefits including visualisation and communications. In particular, the CSCP designed playbooks to summarise and communicate results to policy makers, business leaders, and consumers, in addition to interactive video and infographic communications, downloadable from the SMARTer2030 website.