On June 3 (Tue.), 2014, the Sixth Asia Green IT Forum was held in Manila, the Philippines, with the attendance of the governments and people involved in related industries of six Asian countries and region.* At the forum, participants held extensive discussions and issued a joint statement stipulating their future cooperation.
*Note 1: Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Viet Nam and Taiwan
1. Asia Green IT Forum
The Asia Green IT Forum is a convention held by Asian countries that aims at exchanging information on the importance of Green IT among the governments and people involved in related industries and organizations of the countries and regions, and sharing views for future cooperation, for the purpose of disseminating the concept of Green IT and related activities across Asia.** The first forum was held in Japan in 2009, as the first attempt in Asia, and the forum has been held six times since.
**Note 2: Green IT is an initiative to curb the increase in energy consumption of IT equipment in the midst of advancing informatization and to contribute to energy conservation in society as a whole. Japan’s industry, government and academia have been working in cooperation to promote a Green IT policy which pursues two goals: 1) savings in IT-related energy consumption and 2) energy conservation through the use of IT.
2. Outline of the sixth forum
1) Date and venue
June 3 (Tue.), 2014, in Manila, the Philippines
- Japan: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
- Philippines: Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Energy, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines
- Thailand: Electrical and Electronics Institute (EEI)
- Indonesia: Indonesia Green ICT Association
- Viet Nam: Vietnam Electronic Industry Association (VEIA)
- Taiwan: Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association
3) Details of the forum
The forum shared information on the efforts for green IT made by the participating countries. In its joint statement, the countries and region agreed to further promote independent public and private initiatives and deepen mutual cooperation between the participating countries.
The participants shared the points of common understanding as follows, which were highlighted in the joint statement: the importance of initiatives for advancing energy conservation efforts in society through making use of energy management systems, in which both public and private sectors should be involved, and the introduction of high-performance, energy-saving data centers to Asia, which will lead to the development of a highly informatized society in the area.
3. Outline of the joint statement
[i] Further promoting independent initiatives
[ii] Promotion of energy-related measures
[iii] Making use of high-performance, energy-saving data centers
[iv] Information sharing for infrastructure development in Asia
[v] Promoting ITA expansion to assist green IT dissemination
[vi] Future meetings of the Asia Green IT Forum
For details, see Appendix(PDF:43KB) (full text of the statement).
June 19, 2014
Division in Charge
Information and Communication Electronics Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau