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UK5G Climate & Environment Working Group Gets Started

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  • Published by Vicki DeBlasi on 28 Jun 2021
  • Last modified 27 Jul 2021
New working group focusing on climate and the environment announces membership.

Following the recent call for applications, we are delighted to announce today the confirmed membership of the new Climate and Environment Working Group.

Energy consumption is one of the telecoms industry's highest operating costs, and becoming ever more understood in the face of the climate emergency.  5G is an opportunity to deliver a cleaner, greener telecoms ‘direct’ footprint. 

Chaired by Prof Adam Beaumont, the Working Group will:

  • Act as a platform for the UK5G community to promote understanding of direct (supply side) and indirect (demand side) lifecycle impacts of implementing 5G
  • Serve as a locus for relevant inter project collaborations, assisting exploration of opportunities to reduce direct impacts and surfacing solutions which produce positive indirect impacts
  • Draw conclusions on the practicalities of building out 5G with net positive environmental impact
  • Assist in identifying unintended environmental consequences of the 5G roadmap
  • Encourage further R&D in this space
  • Help inform DCMS, BEIS and Ofcom on the environmental implications of the roll-out and adoption of 5G in the UK
  • Act as an interface between UK5G and other environmental initiatives.

Members of the Working Group are confirmed as:

Trevor Gill, Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Becki Clark, Perform Green

Michael Burns, Scotland 5G Centre

Simon Fletcher, Real Wireless

The UK Telecoms sector has a history of developing approaches to Energy consumption and CO2 emissions reduction. Projects from ten years ago such as Green Radio stimulated the UK’s Research Sector and signalled the intent to address the challenges. Now as 5G use emerges in various industry sectors this group will help focus UK leadership in this critical area of Sustainability. I look forward to ensuring the international perspective is factored in to the group’s thinking"

Simon Fletcher

Elisa Elschner, Vodafone

Mat Sears, BT

David Pugh, Digital Catapult

Timothy O'Farrell, University of Sheffield

I am very pleased to be joining the UK5G Climate and Environment Working Group. As a Professor of Wireless Communications with many years of experience in researching the energy efficiency of wireless networks, I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and skillset to ensure 5G technology is deployed for a positive environmental impact.

At Sheffield, our research focuses on designing wireless infrastructure that is energy efficient. This working group provides an ideal opportunity to apply our know-how to the climate and environment challenges relating to 5G deployment." 

Timothy O'Farrell

Parisa Cheraghi, Ofcom

Peter Curnow-Ford, Viatec Associates

Nic Stirk, Pentiot

Andrew Melchior, Third Space

James Thomas, JET Engineering 

I wanted to be part of the working group as I see 5G as a way to radically rethink how we provide connectivity, this rethink will allow us to ensure that we develop networks with environmental benefits in mind. With the learning from creating floating 5G in Dorset, I hope that we can further the environmental benefit use cases"

James Thomas

The Working Group's inaugural meeting will take place in July with their immediate priority being to understand the current state of play and agree what comparators it is useful to work against.

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