STANZ has identified that the CCC needs to take into account the fact that the mobile wireless digital economy is resource intensive and a high greenhouse emitting sector of the economy that is unsustainable for the climate.
STANZ in general agrees with the goals outlined in the Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Strategy 2021 for Christchurch. However, STANZ wants to make the central point that under Goal 3 and Programme 6 that the move away from resource intensive and high greenhouse emission industries needs to include digital and wireless technology which includes Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Cloud computing and wireless communications through the 4G and increasingly 5G systems cell phone transmitter technology, mobile smart phone use and the infrastructure and data centers required to run them (both locally and globally). Just when we need to be moving as a society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions this sector of the economy is massively increasing its requirements for energy outstripping the growth in renewable energy sources with it being reliant on increasing numbers of coal fired power stations in other countries e.g., China.
STANZ in general agrees with the Climate Change Commissions (CCC) overall goal that Aotearoa must focus on decarbonising and reducing emissions at the source (both locally and globally). Unfortunately, the CCC reports do not currently adequately consider the massive (and growing) increase in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by the digital economy through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Cloud computing and wireless communications through the 4G and increasingly 5G systems, mobile smart phones and the infrastructure and data centers required to run them (both locally and globally).
We suggest that the CCC makes the control of urban and suburban Dense Air a part of this planning for the first time. Dense Air affects every single one of us now, and will go on increasing to extents that we have never yet experienced in New Zealand. This need not go dangerously, given the wise investment in fibre optic cabling that the NZ government, in comparison with other jurisdictions, has already made, and if we take other mitigating or avoidance strategies that can be chosen and/or engineered.