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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

Today is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and this year the focus area is work-related stress. At Ericsson we have decided use this opportunity to promote our program “Sustainable Work Life in the Networked Society” today.

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There are two natural questions when it comes to ICT and how it can reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The first is: “What is the carbon footprint of the ICT sector?” and the second is “How can ICT be designed and used to lower GHG emissions, not only in the ICT sector itself but also in all other sectors?”
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Twenty years ago I presented the results from my first study at Ericsson as a new employee. I showed that burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity to run our products (which are in operation more or less 24/7 over their lifetime) was the major environmental impact for our telecom products.

Some people in the audience had a hard time believing that “the same stuff we breathe out” – carbon dioxide (CO2) plus other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effects that cause global warming –was really one of our largest impacts if not the largest.
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Today we are launching our 23rd Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report. One of our main themes is how we are turning intentions into impact. And this impact is perhaps best exemplified through our Technology for Good programs.
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Editor’s note: As part of a series celebrating Ericsson Response – our volunteer staff program that supports the work of humanitarian agencies in disaster zones by installing and maintaining internet connections – we are happy to feature a guest post by developer Tamas Zádori.

My first mission with Ericsson Response was when Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines in November 2013. The storm caused the deaths of more than 7,000 people, and it devastated many of the country’s low-lying coastal farming and fishing communities, leaving hundreds of thousands of houses in rubble and half a million people displaced.
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Editor’s note: Today we are featuring a post on smart sustainable cities by Daniel Paska, a Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility and Brand Manager in Region Northern Europe and Central Asia.

Over the past few years, it has become popular to talk about sustainable cities, smart cities and, more recently, smart sustainable cities, when what we are really talking about is how we will live in the future.

So what actually is a sustainable smart city, and why do we need them?
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In Nairobi, Kenya, 38 percent of all prepared drinking water becomes so called non-revenue water, with about half of this amount lost due to leakages and half informally tapped and sold to residents for up to 20 times the recommended price. 209,000 cubic meters of water is not accounted for everyday, and this adds up to a yearly cost of about USD 20 million for the water provider.

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