A holistic methodology is necessary for assessing the potential reductions of CO2e emissions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a well-established method and can be used for comparing emissions created in different scenarios.
In the vision of more than 50 billion connected devices, everything that can benefit from a connection will be connected. People are already online, connected and interacting. The next step is to get things and places online and interacting. And we are moving fast in that direction. The vision of more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may seem ambitious today, but with the right approach, it is within reach.
Sustainability issues, such as climate change, have become business critical in most industry sectors. This means a changing business landscape for telecom operators, who–in addition to facing growing energy costs–may face the challenge of reducing energy consumption and its carbon footprint.