Development of 5G technology could lead to a sharp increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, a report published by France’s High Council on Climate Warning warns.
The report, published on Saturday, found that 5G networks could be responsible for an additional 3 to 7 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
The plan to launch 5G technology has been the subject of controversy in France. Dozens of MEPs have called for a moratorium on its deployment due to uncertainty about the network’s impact on health and the environment.
The High Council’s new report warns that technology is just the tip of the iceberg. Additional carbon dioxide emissions come mainly from data centers and the manufacture of new electronic devices.
“We are calling for a moratorium and our request is even more relevant today, now that the High Council has said we need to assess the environmental impact of the technology before using it,” said Éric Piolle, legislator at Europe Écologie-Les Verts, French Green Party.
But telephone network providers claim that the report has overlooked some positive aspects that make 5G technology much more efficient compared to previous generations.
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