IGF 2020 WS #319 How AI, 5G and IoT can save the planet?

Thematic Track

Organizer 1: Aigerim Fazylova, Huawei Poland
Organizer 2: Alicja Tatarczuk, Huawei Poland
Organizer 3: Solnica Szymon, Huawei

Speaker 1: Aleksander Poniewierski, Private Sector, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Alicja Tatarczuk, Private Sector, Eastern European Group
Speaker 3: Solnica Szymon, Technical Community, Eastern European Group


Alicja Tatarczuk, Private Sector, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator

Alicja Tatarczuk, Private Sector, Eastern European Group


Aigerim Fazylova, Private Sector, Eastern European Group


Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. What factors should be taken into account when designing technological solutions to ensure environmental protection? 2. How can business along with the development of technology contribute to promoting pro environmental solutions? 3. What are the opportunities for the development and use of new technologies in the context of planet protection? 4. What technologically advanced solutions are the most effective in reducing the carbon footprint? 5. What strategies can be promoted to encourage business to implement ecological solutions that fit into the idea of sustainable development? 6. How can we effectively manage ICT solutions to produce environmentally friendly products that can be upcycled?

1. Green products: Using technology to manufacturing sustainable and ecological products, sustainability in product development processes, designing more energy-efficient products and innovative power-saving solutions that reduce power consumption and carbon emissions. 2. Sustainable and environmentally friendly business: Using technology to reducing energy consumption and CO₂ emissions, by implementing energy management systems, introducing technological improvements and using clean energy. 3. Green Earth: Using technology to drive industries to conserve energy and reduce emissions and build environmentally friendly low-carbon society that saves resources. Ensuring the survival of endangered fauna and flora using the AI, 5G and IoT solutions.


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals


Dynamically developing digital technologies are changing the functioning of humanity and the world. The IT revolution, including AI, 5G technology and IoT, have a potential for environmental protection and reduction of adverse effects derived from the global economic development. As digitalization continues to advance rapidly, ICT infrastructure is becoming smarter and can offer faster and smoother connectivity, but it also consumes huge amount of energy and resources. The ICT industry is now facing the significant challenge of how to maximize the efficiency of networks and minimize energy and resource consumption, as well as other environmental impacts, without compromising network performance or user experience. Solutions based on AI, 5G and IoT give us a chance to prevent the extinction of animal and plant species, monitor the state of the natural environment and factors affecting its degradation. Promoting technological development for environmental and planetary purposes should be a shared goal to ensure a better life for future generations. The main idea is to develop and use technology in such a way as to minimize the harmful effects of economic development on the planet and make it greener. Thanks to the use of AI, 5G and IoT, we have the opportunity to build intelligent, energy-saving and ecological cities friendly to people, but also various species of animals and plants. These types of solutions allow for dynamic development while respecting the natural environment and promoting the idea of sustainable development. The purpose of the session is to debate around the topics of emerging technologies and tools that will ensure a better future for the Planet Earth. TED Speaker: Topher White, CEO and Founder of Rainforest Connection (USA) Speakers: Edwin Diender, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Enterprise Business Group (China), Kamil Wyszkowski, Global Compact Poland President of the Board (Poland), Maria Andrzejewska, Director at UNEP/GRID-Warsaw (Poland), Alex Poniewierski, Partner / Head of Digital and Emerging Technologies for EMEIA at EY (Poland). Moderator and Rapporteur : Topher White, CEO and Founder of Rainforest Connection (USA), Aigerim Fazylova, MSL Group (Poland), respectively.

Expected Outcomes

The aim of session is to develop the best practices in the designing, developing and using new technologies for environmental protection and endangered species based on challenges and exchange of experience from multiple stakeholders, geographies and sectors.

The session will serve as a platform for dialogue and encourage the interaction between and participation of representatives from different stakeholder groups. It will also encourage online participation and active engagement of online community through sharing the session, its key takeaways and conclusions via internet (social media and website).

Relevance to Internet Governance: The topic of the session will encourage the active participation of all stakeholders: governments, the private sector and civil society in the process of developing technology aimed at protecting the natural environment and promoting the idea of sustainable development through the solutions of the future in the modern world. Attention should be paid to the possibilities offered by solutions using 5G, AI and IoT technologies to ensure the survival of the planet earth and a better future for the coming generations. Aspects relating to ecological solutions must be fully taken into account in the development of sustainable business and activities related to economic development. This includes many aspects of the operation of enterprises, the goods they produce, and the services they offer, while respecting the resources of the environment. The implementation of solutions using AI, 5G and IoT technologies as part of socially responsible business with the future of the planet in mind should become a standard in the 21st century.

Relevance to Theme: The session will contribute to the narrative of the Track by involving speakers and the audience into discussion on possibilities of using the latest technologies for environmental protection. Its main purpose is to map out the tools and indicate the directions of development of new technologies in order to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in modern business. The dynamic development of the economy has an impact on the environment and the planet earth, but thanks to the implementation and development of modern technologies, we can secure its future.

Online Participation


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