Climate action

ICT has a unique potential to enable other industrial sectors to move towards the low-carbon economy that will be central to meeting the SDGs. According to Ericsson research, ICT solutions can enable a reduction of global carbon emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030. We continuously work on supporting the society with technology can create a positive impact while in parallel working on reducing our own and our products carbon footprint.

Listen to world recognized scientist Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. talking about Ericsson´s role in Climate Action.

The role of ICT

ICT has a unique potential to enable other industrial sectors to move towards the low-carbon economy that will be central to mitigate climate change. According to Ericsson research, ICT solutions could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030, while being responsible for less than 2% of the global carbon footprint.

Proactive management of issues relating to energy, environment and climate action is a core component of our company strategy and corporate culture. We leverage our circular economy approach to continuously improve both energy use in our own operations and energy performance in our products, and to minimize negative environmental and climate impacts.

We are committed to working together with other companies, governments, and international organizations to combat climate change.

We engage in public­private partnerships to advance shared aims and visions, strongly advocating for the message that ICT can help shape more sustainable societies. ICT is a carbon-lean sector that accounts for less than 2% of global CO2 emissions, and we continuously  advocate for ICT-based solutions as a viable means for cities, industries and countries to reduce their carbon footprints. To see how our solutions supports other Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), please visit our SDG page.

Advocating for climate action

For over two decades Ericsson has conducted research on how the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector impacts the environment and society. The Company collaborates with universities and businesses and published research in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, reports and at conferences.

Ericsson was an active contributor to the SBT Initiative and the development of a 1,5°C aligned trajectory for the ICT sector, which would help ICT companies to set 1,5°C targets and support a fast decarbonization of the sector. This work is performed in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, Global System Mobile Association and Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative.

Ericsson was an active lead partner with other leading organizations in the development of the Exponential Roadmap that was launched in conjunction to the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019 as well as in 2018. The Roadmap shows that there are 36 existing solutions across sectors that can be scaled globally to help halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Also, as a spin off from the Exponential Roadmap initiative, Ericsson supported the development of the first 1.5°C Business Playbook for exponential climate action. The Playbook provides a framework on how companies and organizations of all sizes can fully integrate climate action in their business strategies and reach net-zero emissions.

Ericsson’s portfolio energy performance

Energy use in network operation remains a priority for Ericsson and its customers. Ericsson research shows that the lifetime energy usage from Ericsson’s delivered products, remains a major contributor to the Company´s carbon footprint. We therefore have a 1.5°C aligned SBT, to achieve 35% energy saving in our Ericsson Radio System by 2022 compared to the legacy portfolio in 2016.

Increased energy performance of Ericsson’s products and solutions offering is a key enabler to lower customers’ total cost of ownership and network related carbon footprint. The Company is committed to develop innovative products and solutions that enable the mobile industry to meet current and future traffic demands while simultaneously addressing the energy consumption.

Company impact

Between 2011 and 2017, Ericsson reduced carbon emissions by 48%, within Ericsson´s own activities, which includes fleet vehicles, facility energy usage, product transportation and business travels.

Already in 2016, as part of our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, we joined the Science Based Targets initiative, (SBTi) setting a 1.5°C aligned SBT for Ericsson´s own activities that aims to reduce the emissions by 35% in 2022.

In 2019, Ericsson set a Carbon Neutral target for our own operations by 2030. This means that carbon emissions from Ericsson´s fleet vehicles and energy usage from our facilities shall be net-zero by 2030. The target is a prolongment of our Science Based Target engagement and shall be a long-term commitment to our engagement in reducing emissions within our own operations.

Company impact

Ericsson was one of the corporate pioneers in implementing life-cycle assessment methodology as an environmental strategy tool. With approved 1.5 Science Based Targets and a carbon neutral target for our own operations by 2030, we have clear targets for our climate journey.

Ericsson´s portfolio energy performance

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.

Exponential Roadmap

Ericsson contributed to Exponential Roadmap report launched at the UN Global Climate Action Summit 2018 and 2019. 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.

Internet of Things

Mobile broadband set the stage for ICT-enabled solutions, such as Internet of Things, across the economy. Such solutions are being applied to the challenge of sustainable urbanization and climate change, helping to build climate resilience.