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Broadband services can help combat the effects of climate change in the coming decades, it has been suggested.

The Broadband Bridge report, from the United Nation's International Telecommunications Union, calls on national governments to develop joint policies on protecting the environment and developing affordable broadband.

It claims that greenhouse gases and other emissions could be slashed if people make better use of broadband services to reduce travel and change the way they work.

Commenting on the report, Simon Richards, Head of Sustainability at TalkTalk, suggested that home working, online collaboration and videoconferencing - all of which are reliant upon broadband - can make a big difference.

"Now, using the internet, countries can achieve growth without having to rely on infrastructure like roads and air travel," he suggested.

"Here at TalkTalk, we've made a commitment to reduce our relative carbon dioxide emissions by 25 per cent by 2021, by using green technology in our Next Generation Network and offices."

Mr Richards said the broadband provider also provides customers with the most energy-efficient routers it can source.

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