Weekly green agenda: Sustainable ICT

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ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) has developed at an explosive rate since the internet started to become popular in the early 1990s. Since that time technologies have focused on making our lives more "high-tech," easier, and more integrated.



ICT for Sustainable Homes
November 17- 19
Nice, France

An international conference and exhibition focusing on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for sustainable homes. As part of the program companies will demonstrate their latest developments in the field of ICT. ICT development is directly related to smart grid technology and development of ICT for the home could lead to more efficient and more secure energy management systems. In particular the event focuses on how the role of ICT in the future will not be to make homes more high-tech but rather to make them more sustainable. The event is supported by the European Commission Information Society and Media. Registration without discount is priced at 530€.

World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi

November 22-24
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Presented by the Abu Dhabi tourism association the three day conference and exhibition is expected to attract leaders in tourism, travel and leisure industries from around the world. The conference aims to address how the country can benefit from the tourism industry while at the same time being environmentally conscious. The event is of particular interest as recent reports suggest that supply is outstripping demand in Abu Dhabi's hotel industry, with hotel occupancy rates dropping to as low as 56 percent over the first 7 months of the year. This event in Abu Dhabi is expected to be larger than the Six Senses Eco Symposium held in October this year in the Maldives, which also focused on the development of sustainable tourism.


November 30 - December 3
Lyon, France

Pollutec is a four-day exhibition for professionals in the fields of environmental equipment and technology. The event has a European focus but 30 percent of the event's 2,400 exhibitors are expected to be from outside of France. For the first time the latest environmental technologies will be showcased at a specially designated research, innovation and finance pavilion. In addition the European Environmental Press in collaboration with Pollutec will present awards to three companies from Europe that have improved the environment through use of innovative technologies. The three winning companies will be given free exhibition space at Pollutec.

Interior Design BoY Awards

December 2
USA, New York

The fifth installment of the Best of Year (BoY) awards by Interior Design Magazine. The winners will be decided by public vote (which closed on October 10) and honored at the IAC building in New York. This year the category "eco-products" was included in the awards. In comparison with the "eco-design" awards being presented at International CES (January 6-9, 2011) the BoY awards are smaller and attract less established companies, but they provide an insight into the grass roots aspect of environmentally conscious design. 

Green Awards winners announced

December 2
London, UK

The winners of The Green Awards will be announced. The Green Awards recognize companies praising sustainable and environmental policies through advertising campaigns. The Rt Hon Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, will be among the speakers at the event, where naturalist Sir David Attenborough will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his committed efforts to raise public awareness of environmental issues.