Orange reacts to accusations from the High Council for the climate

    Orange reacts to accusations from the High Council for the climate

    “The High Council for the climate seems to forget the emissions avoided by the digital”, defend the officials of the Orange group after the HCC report warned of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by 5G.

    In a report released yesterday, the High Council for the Climate (HCC) warned of the adverse effects of 5G on the environment. The document states that the deployment of this new technology risks increasing “significantly” the greenhouse gas emissions of digital technology as well as the country’s electricity consumption.

    Orange officials, one of the four major operators currently deploying the 5G network on French territory, were quick to react.

    “The High Council for the Climate seems to forget in its report the emissions avoided by digital technology. Remember that one tonne of C02 emitted by digital technology is ten tonnes avoided in other sectors. That changes everything!” quickly tweeted Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.

    “It is on smartphones that we must act”

    Michaël Trabbia, Group Technology and Innovation Director, further developed their argument today in an interview with Les Echos.

    The HCC takes very aggressive assumptions on the increase in traffic or the number of connected objects without taking into account the expected positive effects on transport, industry or even construction. Under these conditions, it is not surprising that we end up with an increase in emissions, “he regrets.

    According to him, it is on smartphones and other connected objects that we must act, “by increasing their lifespan and by developing the recycling and reuse of raw materials”.

    “The most urgent thing is not to add reports to reports”

    Nicolas Guérin, president of the French telecoms federation and secretary general of the Orange group, also defended the cause of 5G in an interview granted the same day to France Info.

    “Today, the most urgent thing is not to add reports to reports”, he said, referring to studies already carried out by Arcep (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts) and by the Ademe [l’Agence de la transition énergétique] on the subject. “What we lack are indicators and methods to assess the impact of 5G on the environment. Today we do not have them.”

    Will the opinion of the High Council for the climate postpone the deployment of 5G?

    Will the opinion of the High Council for the climate postpone the deployment of 5G? “I don’t think so,” replied the president of the French telecoms federation. “The High Council makes recommendations. We will look at them. But a large number of them are already included in our roadmaps,” he added.

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