One of the key challenges facing our societies today is how to build a sustainable world. This has been emphasized by e.g. the United Nation with their 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union with the Green Deal and the US with the Sustainability Agenda.
To work on 6G for sustainability is twofold. Firstly, it will be important to ensure that 6Gs own environmental impact is reduced, even in the face of exponentially increasing traffic demands. This will require much more efficient use of resources, as well integration of renewable sources whenever possible. Secondly, 6G stands to profoundly impact many other aspects of society and industry, which can enable an immense contribution towards the sustainability goals, both in terms of environmental aspects, as well as other societal aspects.
This session will discuss the far-reaching challenges for sustainability and present a wide view on 6G’s potential for addressing these.
Session chair: Tommy Svensson
Johan Lassing, Qamcom Group CEO
Speaker: Sustainability aspects of 6G from a high-tech SME perspective
Born 1973. PhD in Communication Systems from Chalmers. CEO and Founder of the company. Board Member since 2003.
Johan has been active in the telecommunication business since the mid-90's and has a deep interest for communication and information technology and its impact on modern society. Johan has developed Qamcom from the start into a company with more than 100 employees. During the years 2010-2012, Johan was Head of Hardware Development for Microwave Systems at Ericsson with responsibility for all hardware operations including around 350 people over four sites world-wide.
Johan is on the board for Blåkläder AB, Sparbanken Sjuhärad AB and Centiro Group which provides perspective and experience in terms of financing, organization, international business development.
Johan has been awarded by EY in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition in 2012 and has a wide network of connections in the IT and communication industry.
Jan Bieser, KTH Stockholm
Speaker: Opportunities and risks of digitalization for climate protection: the case of mobile
Jan Bieser is a researcher and lecturer in digitalization and sustainable development at KTH Stockholm and at University of Zurich. He obtained his PhD in the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group at the Department of Informatics of University of Zurich in 2020. He is a Fellow of the Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow of the World Economic, in which he co-leads the taskforce on the digital infrastructure required for a green and just recovery of cities. He has a background in business informatics and formerly worked as a sustainability consultant and manager for Deutsche Telekom Group and IBM.
Eric Hardouin, Orange
Speaker: 6G for Society
Eric Hardouin is the director of the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange, where he has conducted research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).
Pertti Jauhiainen, EU Commission
Speaker: EU Green digital transformation perspective
Pertti Jauhiainen joined the European Commission in 1996 as scientific officer for research issues in high-performance computing and networking. He is currently in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission where he handles energy and sustainability aspects of 5G. His field of activities covers also the 5G Public Private Partnership supporting 5G European R&D, and in this context, he handles the international cooperation in 5G with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He is also involved in the implementation of the 5G Action Plan published by the Commission in 2016 to support 5G deployment in Europe. Before joining the European Commission, he worked in the telecommunications and the software engineering industries for 10 years.
Henrikke Baumann, Chalmers University of Technology
Henrikke Baumann is a professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Division of Environmental Systems Analysis, with 30 years of experience of life cycle assessment methodologies. Her research centres on what makes the use of LCA effective in industry and on life cycle management. She currently serves on the board of the Swedish Life Cycle Center.