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2-3 June 2013 | St. Regis Saadiyat Island | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates.

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  1. 1. www.emiratesid.ae©2013EmiratesIdentityAuthority.AllrightsreservedP a r t n e r s i n B u i l d i n g U A E s S e c u r i t y & E c o n o m yOur Vision: To be a role model and reference point in proofing individual identity and build wealth informatics that guarantees innovative and sophisticated services for the benefit of UAESustainabilityin the Age of Digital RevolutionPresented by Dr. Ali M. Al-KhouriIn: International & Middle East Conference on Sustainability & Human Development – IMESH 20132-3 June 2013 | St. Regis Saadiyat Island | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates.
  2. 2. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• Introduction: ICT and Environment• e-Government• Sustainability in e-Government• ConclusionAgenda
  3. 3. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• Introduction: ICT and Environment• e-Government• Sustainability in e-Government• ConclusionAgenda• Introduction: ICT and Environment
  4. 4. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedIntroduction: Environmental Dimension of ICT• Without a doubt, digitalrevolution and advances inInformation andCommunicationTechnologies (ICT) are re-shaping our world in termsof how we communicateand do business.• key role in almost everyaspect of recent humandevelopment.
  5. 5. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedIntroduction: Environmental Dimension of ICT• Although ICT can contribute to enabling a low carboneconomy, the energy and carbon impact of the sectoritself is significant.• A worrying fact! As the ICT-sector continues to grow,the energy consumption and carbon emissions arealso growing.
  6. 6. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved11W energy savingslight bulb operatingone hourThe carbon footprint ofone Google searchsimilar toIT Sector impact on Environment
  7. 7. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved11W energy savingslight bulb operatingone hourThe carbon footprint ofone Google searchsimilar toGoogle processes100 billionqueries everymonth!IT Sector impact on Environment
  8. 8. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedLifetime of ICT• Another fact related to ICT, is in its lifetime! The fastdevelopment pace, is constantly shortening device lifespan.• Ever-growing flow of e-waste… 50m tones pa.e.g., computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are commonelectronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.• Most e-waste is exported to developing countries.. hidden under the umbrella of charity (‘computers for the poor’).• 70% of global e-waste is dumpedin China, with most of the rest goingto India and to African nations.
  9. 9. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Waste Statistics• USA: discards 30 million computers each year.• Europe: 100 million phones discard each year.• Worldwide: e-Waste could rise by 500% in thenext 10 years (india), according to United NationsEnvironmental Program (UNEP) report.
  10. 10. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedThe Problem!• Only 15-20% of e-Waste is recycled, restgo into landfills and incinerators.• Informal processing, and no clear standardsmay cause serious health and contributetowards higher pollution problems.
  11. 11. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedICT & Global Carbon Emissions• ICT could reduce global emissions by asignificant amount through enabling reductionsin other sectors.• e.g., Reduction in consumption of non-renewable resources.• Play key role in monitoring, optimising andmanaging domestic and industrial energyusage that could save nearly$1 trillion in 2020.
  12. 12. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• While ICT’s own footprint is projected to rise to 1.27GtCO2 e by 2020, its abatement potential is 7 timeshigher.ICT to address Climate Change Challenges
  13. 13. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• Introduction: ICT and Environment• e-Government• Sustainability in e-Government• ConclusionAgenda• e-Government
  14. 14. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government ?.. a GovernmentService Delivery engine that allowsservices to be requested and deliveredover various electronic channels byenabling a connected governmentresulting in all round efficiencies inGovernment Operations.
  15. 15. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedIs this all there is to e-Government ?Various reported benefits & associated terminologies
  16. 16. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedIs this all there is to e-Government ?• e-Government is not limited to the often quoted:(services, convenience, availability, etc.).• Big impact on the socio-economiclandscape & environmentsustainability.• Direct impact of e-Governmenton the environment, contributingto a GREEN WORLD.
  17. 17. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedImpact of e-Government on the Environment?• The time saving in transactions and interactionscontribute to millions of dollars of productivity increase.• Productivity increases due to redeployment of resourcesto the Information and Knowledge domainscontribute to the socio-economic demographics.
  18. 18. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedContribution to Environment?• Online Transaction Transformation using non-polluting media.• Reduction in paper(saving millions of trees = Environment conservation).• Reduction in paper = Reduction in powerconsumption.• Savings in costs due to transportation -obviated by the need to visit governmentoffices, contributes to reduction in fossil fuelusage, and pollution.
  19. 19. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• Introduction: ICT and Environment• e-Government• Sustainability in e-Government• ConclusionAgenda• Sustainability in e-Government
  20. 20. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Sustainability?Environment Sustainabilityin e-Government Initiatives
  21. 21. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Sustainability?GreenICT• Governments have failed in their strategicendeavors to include environment sustainability intheir e-government efforts.• Lack of environmental conservation initiatives in e-Government.• Complete dilution of National Governmentenvironmental strategies in e-Government.• Lack of alignment with NationalGovernment.environment conservation and sustainability
  22. 22. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedTop e-Government Objectives in Central Gov.Report by Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)Recent report published by OECD.. depicts thefollowing main e-government objectives :
  23. 23. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government DriversUnderlying policies & laws do not include environmental strategies
  24. 24. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesWhy do we have this misalignment?Why do we have thismisalignment?
  25. 25. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Sustainability?“.. results indicate that while positiveenvironmental outcomes were soughtin high level strategies, they dissipatedas they made their way down to the e-Government strategy level”.Research & Studies in the FieldAndrew GriffithProfessor, University of Queenslanda study carried out in 2005 that linked e-Governmentstrategies and the environmental sustainability states:
  26. 26. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesDilution of Environmental ConsiderationsProfessor Griffithexplains his pointthrough the4 layers ofGovernmentStrategy andImplementation.
  27. 27. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesDilution of Environmental Considerationsat the National Level.large considerations is given toEnvironment Sustainabilityin Strategic Initiatives.
  28. 28. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesDilution of Environmental Considerationsat the implementation stage..strategic intents get diluted,though there are clearinitiatives under GreenEnvironment.
  29. 29. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesDilution of Environmental ConsiderationsAt the 3rd level, strategies are drivenmore by operational requirementsthan National requirements..Environmental considerations getdiluted substantially!
  30. 30. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Government StrategiesDilution of Environmental ConsiderationsAt last level ofe-GovernmentStrategies, theEnvironmentalConsiderations arevirtually non-existent!!!
  31. 31. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedSo whatdo we needto do?!
  32. 32. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Strategies?• e-Government initiatives need to reflectnational governmentenvironmental priorities• If not regulated, potentially will resultin counter productive and misalignede-Government initiatives withnational environmentalstrategies.Need for Environmental Considerations in e-Government
  33. 33. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Strategies?Avoiding counter productive & misalignmenti.e., e-Government contributes to paper reduction,reducing the need of paper processing, storing,making copies of it and thus contributing tofurther reduction of physical paper.But! e-transactions generate alot of content. However, if all thiscontent were to be printedagain for let say as a reason forarchival, the very purpose ofenvironment conservation andsustainability would be defeated!
  34. 34. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedA question that you must ask!How does yourorganisationpracticee-Government?
  35. 35. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & ICT PracticesFrom Paper to More Paper Work Environments!I tend tobelieve thate-Government &ICT practiceshave resulted incutting offmore treesthan everbecause ofwrongpractices!
  36. 36. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Strategies?Areas that need attention ...• Proliferation of electronic channels and polluting devices(Laptops, desktops, mobiles, cables, etc).• This need clear policy to regulate disposal of devices,especially in relation to the overall management ofe-Waste.• Need to re-evaluate ICT infrastructure tominimise inefficient power consumption,i.e.,- Badly designed Data Centers mayincrease energy usage.- Poorly designed or over designedservers and storage may alsolead to the same results.
  37. 37. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservede-Government & Environment Strategies?Areas that need attention ...• Proliferation of electronic channels and polluting devices(Laptops, desktops, mobiles, cables, etc).• This need clear policy to regulate disposal of devices,especially in relation to the overall management ofe-Waste.• Need to re-evaluate ICT infrastructure tominimise inefficient power consumption,i.e.,- Badly designed Data Centers mayincrease energy usage.- Poorly designed or over designedservers and storage may alsolead to the same results.Studies indicate thatorganisations can reduceenergy usage by 20% in theirdata centres even with existingIT equipment, with little fixes!
  38. 38. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reserved• Introduction: ICT and Environment• e-Government• Sustainability in e-Government• ConclusionAgenda• Conclusion
  39. 39. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedConclusion• e-Government without environment sustainabilityas a key strategic objective leads to misalignment withnational environment strategies and is unacceptable.• Imperative that e-Government strategies & objectivesneed to explicitly include EnvironmentalSustainability.• Environmental Sustainability needs to bemanaged diligently across all thelayers of strategic prioritization in a country(i.e., laws, policies, regulations, compliance).
  40. 40. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedConclusion: Transitioning towards lower carbon world• Need to work together, atnational and internationallevels, to create standardsand practices in relation toICT usage in different sectors.• This should be seen as acritical activity for supportingthe transition towards alower-carbon world.
  41. 41. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedConclusion: Governments Role ..Governments need to create a balancebetween the need to improve thelife quality of people, and addressing thedemand for increased ICT access andservices provisioning…But, simultaneously, they need to workharder to reduce the overwhelmingenvironmental footprint of their currentpractices, and the environmental impactassociated with electronics they use!
  42. 42. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedRead our recent research from:http://www.emiratesid.gov.ae/ar/media-center/publications.aspxwww.id.ae
  43. 43. www.emiratesid.ae © 2013 Emirates Identity Authority. All rights reservedTHANK YOU.“If the bee disappeared off the face of theearth, man would only have four years left tolive.”Albert EinsteinDr. Ali M. Al-KhouriDirector General | Emirates Identity Authority | UAEali.alkhouri@emiratesid.ae | www.emiratesid.aefollow me on Twitter: @DrAliAlKhouri

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