How ICT can help on climate change

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Climate change is a complex problem that has consequences for all spheres of existence on our planet. It either impacts on– or is impacted by– global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management. At the very heart of the response to climate change, however, lies the need to reduce emissions. In 2010, governments agreed that emissions needed to be reduced so that global temperature increases are limited to below 2 degrees Celsius. This past weekend (Dec 14th), the UNFCCC held its yearly climate change meeting, COP20/COP10 hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru. At this meeting the parties agreed on negotiation processes and texts that will be the foundation for the new COP21in Paris in 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a new legally binding treaty to be implemented following the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2020. Continue reading

Telco sector leads the way in energy efficiency

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Telecom operators are usually ranked highest when it comes to expensive energy bills. According to the GSM Association (GSMA), mobile operators spend about USD 15 billion globally on their annual energy use. This expense is particularly noticeable in Europe, where energy prices are high and opex pressure on operators is soaring, which is why operators are looking for ways to increase their energy efficiency. Last month, we took part in a seminar dedicated to telco energy efficiency to exchange views on the latest developments. Continue reading

Partnering with the International Rescue Committee to transform humanitarian response through technology

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald talks about how Ericsson is partnering with the IRC to transform humanitarian response. Continue reading

Carbon Disclosure Project, A-List recognition drives us to do even better

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Reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change makes good business sense and Ericsson takes a full life-cycle approach (LCA), through raw material extraction, manufacture, transport, use, disassembly and end-of life. That’s why we were delighted to be recognized as one of the world’s leading companies in tackling climate change, through our inclusion in the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Climate Performance Leadership Index A List for 2014. Continue reading

The Girls’ Education Challenge –– public private partnership for positive change in Myanmar

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I am very proud of the partnership we announced today with the UK government development agency DFID – the Department for International Development – to support girls’ education in Myanmar. Continue reading

Using technology in the battle against Ebola

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When we heard a few months ago that the Ebola epidemic was worsening in West Africa and the media reported that the number of cases was doubling every three weeks, the response from my manager, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, was: “We have to do something. We can’t let this go!” Continue reading

Are the tables finally turning? UN Climate Week

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According to the UN, an unprecedented number of world leaders attended the UN Climate Summit, including 100 heads of state and government. They were joined by more than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society. Continue reading

Addressing the Ebola Crisis

Mobile phones can empower health workers who are fighting the current outbreak of Ebola. Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, talks about how Ericsson is working in the Ebola crisis by supporting community health workers. Continue reading

Humanitarian response in the digital age – using Technology for Good

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Ericsson is a leader in the ICT sector and active in 180 markets around the world. But being a leader also means taking responsibility. We understand the power of mobility, broadband and cloud solutions and what they can enable in society – but how can these help in humanitarian response? Continue reading

Five Failures that Helped Bring a Quarter Of A Million Refugees Onto Refunite.org

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REFUNITE, an online family reconnection platform, is a clear example of how Ericsson uses technology as a force for good. Ericsson provides REFUNITE with technical expertise and engages with mobile network operators and employees for on-the-ground support. By the end of September 2014, more than 350,000 forcibly displaced people had register on the family reconnection platform. Today in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative, chaired by President Clinton, Ericsson President & CEO Hans Vestberg will join Christopher and David Mikkelsen, co-founders of REFUNITE to talk about how failure can be essential to innovation. Here’s a sneak preview, written by Christopher and David Mikkelsen: Continue reading