The sustainability concept is a common purpose of SINANO members and will be supported in the following years, at National levels, at the EU level for which green electronics will become very important (e.g. EC Green Deal), at the International level with the Sustainable Development Goals that have been launched some years ago.

For Electronic systems, it is particularly important to lower the energy consumption (at material, device, circuit and system levels), to develop a cost effective circular economy, to take into account the full supply chain, to substitute critical (rare or toxic) materials, and to organize training activities, workshops and University curricula in these domains.

ESSDERC-ESSCIRC 2021 Virtual Workshop:Toward Sustainable IoT: From rare materials to big data ” organised by the SINANO Institute – Francis Balestra, Pascale CAULIER / NEED for IoT – Thierry Baron, Audrey Dieudonné/ HiPEAC:

Q&A and Panel session on September 20th 17:00 – 18:30 – Moderators: Francis Balestra and Thierry Baron

Lars-Åke Ragnarsson, imec: The environmental footprint of logic CMOS technologies
Patrice Christmann: ICT and mineral raw materials: sustainability issues
Jean-Pierre Raskin, UCL: Can we cope with the upcoming massive deployment of IoT within environmental limits?
Marc Duranton, HiPEAC / CEA: HiPEAC Vision 2021: key recommendations and the importance of sustainability
Adrian M. Ionescu, EPFL: Towards a Green and Sustainable Digital Infrastructure: challenges and opportunities
Max Lemme, AMO / RWTH: Neuromorphic Computing Devices based on Two-Dimensional Materials
Paolo Gargini, IRDS: IoT: Promises, Challenges and Solutions  


ESSDERC-ESSCIRC 2021 Virtual Workshop:Toward Sustainable IoT: From rare materials to big data

The access to raw materials is a major economic and geopolitical stake for the 21st century. Key resources/materials being used today in the emerging devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) must be substituted or drastically reduced in the near future. Tens of billions of electronics objects are being disseminated all over the world in homes, buildings, cars, roads, etc., therefore it is obviously a major concern to develop a sustainable electronic industry mindful of its impact right from the conception of these objects to their final use/consumption.

In this workshop, we propose to bring together academics and industrials in Social, Economics and Physics/Chemistry and Technological Sciences to exchange about innovative solutions to develop a more sustainable nanoelectronics ecosystem, problems and possible solutions for the reduction of energy consumption of electronic systems.


Summer School on Sustainable ICT organized by UCLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) from August 30th to September 3rd, 2021 (SICT 2021)

The SICT2021 Summer school will provide a trans-disciplinary overview and insights into the innovations at each step of ICT life-cyle. While the first edition focused on the impact of production steps such as raw materials extraction, SICT2021 aims to build on these insights to delve into another key aspect in the system life-cycle: the use phase. This year, the discussion shifts towards software-related aspects, which will stand as the central theme of the week. From data centers’ power consumption to the development of lightweight websites, from mitigating user footprint through Human-Computer Interaction to exploring limits-aware computing for post growth contexts, you will find inspiration from key players in the field. Join us to build a new research community, consolidating professional networks through insightful discussions, interactive workshops and many more collaborative activities.  

Information & registration

Couple Sinano partners together with other institutions launched Encos initiative “European Nanoelectronics COnsortiumfor Sustainability” in order to exchange about new paradigms in electronics design and research toward sustainability.

ENCOS White-paper


2018 ENCOS Workshop at UCL: Program

Some SINANO partners are involved in the NEED Project on sustainable nanoelectronics, which will develop methodologies integrating economic analysis, geopolitics issues, acceptability and durability of new technological solutions, to apply to advanced research.

NEED Project website

NEED for IoT Project presentation