In December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal with the ambition of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, boosting the economy, improving people's health and quality of life, caring for nature, and leaving no one behind.
Digitalisation will be at the core of this ambitious program and fibre is key to align the digital and sustainability agendas. As the most sustainable telecommunication infrastructure technology, full-fibre is a prerequisite to achieving the European Green Deal and making the European Union’s economy more sustainable.
The need to work collectively towards a more sustainable society has become a strategic objective of policy makers and the vast majority of private organisations alike. With this context in mind, the sustainability Working Group of the FTTH Council Europe has been created with two key objectives:
- Promote full fibre as the most sustainable access network technology and enabler of multiple applications which can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of our activities. Remote working and learning being the most obvious examples.
- Support all stakeholders of the Fibre to the Home value chain in their efforts to make their respective activities more carbon neutral.
To learn more about the contribution of fibre to the sustainability challenge and get an overview of the above-mentioned studies, watch the replay of the workshop Towards & Greener Europe with Full Fibre which took place at the FTTH Virtual Conference 2020.
We also encourage you to read the joint statement by BREKO, Europacable and the FTTH Council Europe : Build Fibre, save energy.