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The aim is to explore new ways of avoiding overall environmental impact of technologies (and of ubiquitous ICT in particular), going beyond incrementally reducing impacts along a single dimension (like energy consumption) but rather seeking holistic paradigms for future zero-impact mass-consumed IT. The scope includes current and future hand-held and personal devices, but the vision appears most valuable for ubiquitous environmental sensors (land, oceans), various embedded technologies, implants as well as future injectable or digestible devices.

What are we looking for?
•    What should be the orientation of research on this topic? As stated, do you feel it is too broad or, on the contrary, too narrow?
•    Have any recent scientific results been obtained relevant to this topic? Is there already a well-established community on this?
•    Do you know of related initiatives, for instance at national level, or in other continents?
•    What is needed at this point to advance this? More exploration of different ideas? More coordination among groups or related initiatives? A strong push for a precise technological target and, if so, which one? Anything else?

Background: Following the last FET consultation during 2012-13, 9 topics were identified as candidates for a FET Proactive. This topic has not been selected for inclusion in the FET Work Programme for 2014-15. Comments are invited on whether this topic is still relevant, or if any changes would be necessary to take account of recent research results. We are also trying to understand better how to advance these areas.

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nbriasal's picture

ecological technology

I would like to agree with Prof. van Eekelen's comments about the ecological footprint of our technologies. Technological devices and solutions are ubiquitous, and the ecological impact of the hardware involved (from materials production, to construction and finally, waste) should be measured in a principled manner, while software (e.g. algorithms) needs to be as efficient as possible (e.g. with a low power consumption).

Additionally it should be noted that technologies of all kinds, such as automations, smart buildings, the internet of things, are becoming more and more ubiquitous, aiming, among others, to promote health and well-being in society. This principle is in contrast with a high cost, both economic and ecological. Therefore, coordinated efforts should be made to ensure the simultaneous deployment of technologies for supporting various applications related to daily life, while at the same time reducing their ecological impact. The production of materials and the construction of devices with low emissions will ultimately entail a low cost as well, leading to competitive solutions, both on a European, but also worldwide level. Software solutions involved should also be developed having in mind the goal of a low computational burden, which can make them both more attractive on a practical level, and also less power consuming.

A coordinated effort in all these directions can greatly help technologies become relevant to, not only first world countries, but on a worldwide level. Applications that are gaining great importance, also due to the worldwide aging population and economic crises, involve health-related issues, which can be addressed in a more cost effective manner, also remotely, using technologies. Similarly, agricultural, and in general food production, is already reaping the benefits of the deployment of technologies in these fields. However, both these applications, as well as numerous others, will benefit significantly from the development and deployment of low input/low emission technologies, which will have a further impact on the EU's economy and competitiveness.

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