Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 9351–9359 | Cite as

ICT, openness and CO2 emissions in Africa

  • Simplice A. Asongu
Research Article


This study investigates how information and communication technology (ICT) complements globalisation in order to influence CO2 emissions in 44 Sub-Saharan African countries over the period 2000–2012. ICT is measured with internet penetration and mobile phone penetration whereas globalisation is designated in terms of trade and financial openness. The empirical evidence is based on the generalised method of moments. The findings broadly show that ICT can be employed to dampen the potentially negative effect of globalisation on environmental degradation like CO2 emissions. Practical, policy and theoretical implications are discussed.


CO2 emissions ICT Economic development Africa 

JEL classification

C52 O38 O40 O55 P37 



The author is indebted to the editor and referees for constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Development Finance Centre, Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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