Ericsson and Telefónica’s smart transport solution has been recognized during the launch of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change Initiative at COP 17.
The initiative recognizes lighthouse projects which address climate change mitigation or adaptation.
Ericsson, along with Telefónica in Brazil (Telefônica | Vivo) and its partner, collaborated on the smart transport solution based on mobile broadband.
This enabled the introduction of electronic ticketing and fleet management systems using M2M technology, making life simpler and more secure for Curitiba’s 3,2 million metropolitan inhabitants while reducing fuel cost and CO2 emissions.
Through these lighthouse projects, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat seeks to build momentum for the evolving climate agenda. The launch was inaugurated with the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres and South African President Jacob Zuma on December 6.
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson, Sustainability Director, Ericsson, and Luciano Queiroz, Data Solutions Manager, Telefônica|Vivo, presented Curitiba case for the UN officials on-site.
Queiroz says: "Telefónica's main goal is to provide more and better services for our customers to be able to connect themselves however they wish. The system in Curitiba makes life much simpler for passengers, especially when it comes to buying and using tickets. It is a good example of how our company brings mobile broadband to citizens especially in Latin America to make our daily life much more efficient, safer and greener."
Matilda Gennevi Gustafsson said: "In order to meet the needs of the 9 billion people estimated to populate the world by 2050, there must be a shift from incremental to transformative solutions to solve climate change. The opportunity for the transformational power of ICT to put us on the path of a low-carbon economy and spur socio-economic development has never been greater."
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, chair of Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, said: "It is by learning from the existing excellent, indeed inspirational, examples that we can help gather the momentum required to drive towards a new energy and industrial revolution. We are going to have to change the way we do things on scale and across the whole economy, but the learning we get from these projects will be vital in the story of innovation and growth that we must turn into reality."
Smarter public transport is an increasingly popular way for cities to minimize their carbon footprints. Using mobile broadband, cities and regions can improve the efficiency of their own bus, train and tram services and attract more people to switch from private vehicles to public transport, reducing traffic congestion, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
With 195 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. See also: unfccc.int
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