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ETNO has today published its contribution to one of the key policy initiatives of President von der Leyen’s European Commission: the EU Green Deal. The key message of ETNO’s Policy Paper is that high-quality telecom networks and services are not only the basis for digitalising Europe, but also a key catalyst for reaching ambitious climate targets. Europe’s green and digital objectives are not only compatible, but intimately connected: only by scaling up Europe’s action in the field of digitalisation, can we achieve the climate targets.
With this Paper, ETNO puts forward new facts and figures on the action of the telecoms industry to dramatically lower its own footprint, and unveils data on how telecom operations are becoming more and more efficient. Key highlights include data showing that, despite data traffic increasing by 1,100% between 2010 and 2018, the sectors’ carbon emissions fell by 40%, energy consumption increased by 10% and many telcos are moving aggressively towards renewable energy sources.
ETNO’s Policy Paper proposes a wide-ranging analysis of the link between the EU Green Deal and digital networks and services, including views on New Green Taxonomy, funding for green investment and reflections on process and governance. The key recommendations we formulate are:
The Policy Paper was compiled by the ETNO’s new “EU Green Deal Taskforce”, which gathers key energy, climate and sustainability experts from ETNO’s members, as well as by our “Sustainability and Development” Working Group.
Read our full paper: ETNO Policy Paper on the EU Green Deal