Challenges and Opportunities: Emerging Technologies and Sustainability Impacts – WS 04 2024

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19 June 2024 | 12:15 - 13:15 EEST | WS room 1
Consolidated programme 2024 overview

Proposals: (#11) #64 #71 #79 #87 (see list of proposals)

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Session teaser

Today’s digital transformation continues to have a profound and transformative effect on networks, products, and services, offering great opportunities and posing significant challenges to society and the environment. The current phase of the transformation, fueled by a confluence of technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, virtual reality, and other immersive technologies, is crucial to responding to current global challenges and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. However, environmental sustainability considerations and standards must be included in the development and design of new and emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable exploration of natural resources, promote energy efficiency and sustainable consumption, reduce e-waste, and prevent environmental degradation. This session will explore the environmental impact of emerging technologies and discuss how a green digital transformation in Europe - rooted in multistakeholder collaboration, can lead the way in harnessing the full potential of emerging technologies to address pressing environmental challenges and promote global sustainability.

Session description

We are in an era marked by rapid digital transformation, networks, products, and services are undergoing profound changes. The EU’s Digital Green Action Plan is part of a comprehensive strategy to enable Europe to become climate-neutral and digitally empowered. This is to be accomplished by leveraging emerging technologies to foster sustainability, and to apply the technology to reduce emissions. Thus, emerging digital technologies can be transformative contributors offering solutions to better manage climate change and significantly contribute to implementing Europe’s 2050 sustainability objectives. A critical component of this strategy is the establishment and adherence to rigorous standards that address product lifecycle processes in support of a circular economy. Standards ensure that emerging technology is developed through a framework of established criteria and design principles to ensure sustainable use of natural resources, promote energy efficiency and sustainable consumption, reduce e-waste, and prevent environmental degradation. The current phase of the transformation, fueled by a confluence of technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, virtual reality, and other immersive technologies, is crucial to responding to current global challenges and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore and discuss collaborative efforts to address sustainability and how the circular economy plays a role in emerging technology contributing to the green digital transformation.

Format

The format of this session is a panel with three speakers and a moderator.

Further reading

  1. Shaping Europe’s digital future - Green digital sector
    https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/green-digital
  2. A Green and Digital Transformation of the EU Ministerial Declaration
    https://www.portugal.gov.pt/download-ficheiros/ficheiro.aspx?v=%3D%3DBQAAAB%2BLCAAAAAAABAAzNDQxMwMAT7AwdwUAAAA%3D
  3. The World Bank report, Green Digital Transformation: How to Sustainably Close the Digital Divide and Harness Digital Tools for Climate Action
    https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2023/11/29/green-digital-transformation-how-to-sustainably-close-the-digital-divide-and-harness-digital-tools-for-climate-action

People

Programme Committee member(s)

  • Minda Moreira

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Focal Point

  • Karen Mulberry, IEEE

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  • Gianluca Diana
  • Vesna Manojlovic
  • Constance Weise
  • Karen McCabe
  • Amali De Silva – Mitchell
  • Rima Aukštuolytė
  • Lucien Castex

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Key Participants

  • Martina Barbero, Policy Officer, Next Generation Internet, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission (remote - confirmed)
  • Sigmund Kluckner, Chair, IEEE P7801 (SSIT-SC) (remote - confirmed)
  • Industry representative (TBC)

Moderator

  • Karen Mulberry, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, IEEE SA (in person - confirmed)

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