In a new report sponsored by Ericsson and other partners, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Boston Consulting Group have adjusted the outlook on the positive influence that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can have on reducing carbon emission in the world.
This report was released during the COP18 global climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar. It concludes that ICT-enabled solutions have the potential to reduce emissions by 9.1 GtCO2e by 2020, representing seven times the sector’s own direct emissions.
Ericsson was also present at COP18 and participating in several events. "No country is untouched by climate change," said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson. "By 2017, we foresee that 85% of the world’s population will be covered by 3G, enabling energy-saving services like video conferencing instead of travel, or offering remote health care services. We are encouraged to be part of this positive transformation."
The SMARTer2020 report also suggests that other industries, such as the power sector, agriculture and building can all reduce their emissions by between 2 and 1.6 GtCO2e, respectively.
The full report can be found at: www.gesi.org.
Also related to COP18, Ericsson participated in the Broadband Bridge panel with ITU (the International Telecoms Union) and the Broadband Commission. This panel discussed opportunities that broadband networks, services and applications can provide to contribute to reduce emissions and build inclusive societies. The Broadband Commission report, originally launched in September, was offered in several languages for the first time.