Environmental Sustainability

Proactive management of topics relating to climate action and environment is a core component of Ericsson’s sustainability strategy. We leverage a circular economy approach in everything we do; and work to reduce environmental impacts and emissions from our operations, our portfolio and in society.

Circular Economy

We focus on a circular approach where the energy efficiency of its products, sustainable materials management, reuse and recycling are key areas for us.

Design: We design for excellent energy performance, making sustainable material choices that enable a high level of recycling and avoid the use of hazardous substances.

Use: We invest significant time and effort in developing innovative solutions to help our customers improve energy performance in operation.

Re-use/recycle: Available in 180 countries, the Ericsson Global Product Take-Back Program ensures products at the end of life stage are recycled with high environmental standards. More than 98% of the material content is recycled.

Ericsson Sustainability Policy

Explore Ericsson’s commitment to sustainable business practices

Exponential Roadmap

Ericsson is participating and contributed to Exponential Climate Action Roadmap report launched at the Global Climate Action Summit 2018. The report shows the potential for all sectors of the global economy - energy, technology, food and agriculture, industry, buildings and transport - to halve greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030.

Science Based Targets

Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017 Ericsson bolstered our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement by joining the Science Based Target initiative, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint by 35% in 2022.

Company impact

We manage the environmental impact of our own activities with a particular focus on carbon footprint. Learn about our continuous work to reduce emissions from our own activities—and how we achieved a CO2e drop of nearly 50% over the past six years.

Energy efficiency and portfolio

Reducing energy consumption and CO2e is a priority for the telecommunications industry. It is possible for operators to manage ever increasing data traffic, improve app coverage and lower energy consumption when energy performance is addressed for entire network.

Climate action

Since Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a carbon-lean sector that accounts for less than 2% of global CO2 emissions, we advocate for ICTbased solutions, such as the Internet of Things, as a viable means for cities and society to reduce carbon footprints.

Ericsson is working to reduce environmental impacts and emissions

From waste to resource

Minimizing waste is key to a circular economy and high reuse and recycling rates start with smart product design. Upcoming material efficiency standards include requirements on design for recyclability, reuse and recovery.

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Breaking the energy curve

We help customers to “break the energy curve” as we move toward 5G by driving energy performance improvements in standards. We also develop energyoptimized products, solutions and services both for 5G and for the current installed base.

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Leveraging the Internet of Things

ICT solutions such Internet of Things (IoT) can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15% by 2030. The main areas where ICT can support are transportation, travel, buildings, electricity grids, services, manufacturing, agriculture and land use.

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