By Watcharapong Thongrung
PTT and TOT yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on drawing up guidelines on environmentally friendly use of information and communications technology.
The deal on ICT sustainable development was signed by PTT chief executive officer Pailin Chuchottaworn and TOT president Yongyuth Wattanasin. The signing ceremony was chaired by ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap.
Changes in internal processes
The collaboration will see PTT change its internal processes to focus on the use of ICT in an environmentally friendly way.
The oil company and the state telecom agency will set up a joint panel to determine an action plan and goals and criteria for ICT use, intended as a model for other organisations in the public and private sectors.
One example is the procurement of walkie-talkies. The panel will determine the conditions for the procurement in that 65 per cent of the packages of such devices must be recyclable, and the suppliers will be required to manage the disposal of used batteries.
The two firms will jointly determine how many items they can apply this “green procurement” concept to.
Anudith said this cooperation would establish a green model for ICT, encouraging organisations to strive not only towards economic goals but for environmental protection.
This project will not only improve operational efficiency of the organisations, but will also preserve the well-being of communities and the environment, the minister said.