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Zero Pollution Communication Networks

By integrating space, aerial, terrestrial, and undersea, Next Generation Smart Networks will support more pervasive and resilient communication. The ambition is to provide ubiquitous and unlimited connectivity to a massive number of devices and sensors with diverse quality of service requirements, supporting large and heterogeneous traffic demands. At the same time, it is crucial to reduce energy consumption through the use of highly energy-efficient communication protocols, transceivers and computing technologies. This is an ambitious and challenging goal.

Looking at future communication networks, out of several innovations 6G is targeting, Digital for Planet is committed to reducing the overall energy consumption and operational costs from an environmental viewpoint. This includes several research and innovation initiatives which explore concepts and mechanisms helping eliminate the need for separate charging of heterogeneous devices by combining energy-efficient communication, energy harvesting/power transfer techniques, and offloading of energy-intensive processing from the edge devices to the edge- and cloud-servers. 

There are several challenges associated with this, particularly given the scale at which communication networks’ diversity and complexity are increasing. In this regard, a combination of technological innovation and responsible governance is the most effective approach for significantly progressing toward zero pollution communication networks.

Zero Pollution Communication Networks

Working Group

The Digital for Planet Zero Pollution Communication Networks  Working Group addresses the sustainability aspects of future mobile communication technologies and networks.


5G and 6G

Examining the requirements, use cases, and concepts pertaining to sustainable technical enhancement and evolution of next generation smart communication networks and services.

Looking at future market trends, needs, social problems, and technological evolutions aiming to further the future of sustainable mobile communication technologies.

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Identifying and studying policy-driven and regulatory frameworks for sustainable communication networks development and usage, aiming to create liaisons with relevant stakeholders.

Why join the Zero Pollution Communication Networks Working Group?

  • Promote sustainability of future mobile communication technologies and networks.
  • Discuss and develop new proposal ideas and projects to advance the study and assessment across the domain.
  • Accelerate research and innovation priorities of EU policies. 
  • Get the latest insights on available EU funding opportunities. 
  • Extend your scientific network and build quality partnerships with experts and stakeholders from a diverse set of key disciplines and initiatives. 
  • Promote your outcomes, technologies, and know-how.

Who can participate?

Any representatives from organisations that are part of the Digital for Planet community who is ready to unleash the potential of communication networks for the sustainable development of our society and economy.

Interested in contributing to this Working Group? Become a member of Digital for Planet and get involved!

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