Rolling out 5G technology could lead to a sharp increase in power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, a report published by France’s High Council on Climate warns.
The plan to roll out 5G technology has been a subject of controversy in France. Dozens of parliament members have asked for a moratorium on its deployment, because of uncertainties surrounding the network’s impact on health and the environment.
The high council’s new report warns that the technology is only the tip of the iceberg. Additional carbon emissions would come mainly from data centres and the manufacturing of new electronic devices.
“We request a moratorium and our request is even more relevant today, now that the high council has said that we need to assess the technology’s environmental impact before deploying it,” said Éric Piolle a lawmaker with Europe Écologie-Les Verts, the French Green party.