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Climate action

We provide innovative ICT-enabled solutions as well as advocacy to address the interlinked global challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

connected mangroves

In 2016, under the Marrakech Action Proclamation on climate and sustainable development, 196 countries at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco agreed to stand by the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4. The Paris Agreement set a commitment to keep the increase in global average temperature this century to well below 2°C pre-industrial level, recognizing that the aim needs to be 1.5°C.

Part of the solution

We advocate for ICT’s transformative capacity to address climate change and the role of the private sector in climate change in different fora. These include the World Economic Forum CEO Climate Group, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, and the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

In 2016, under the proactive leadership of the Moroccan government, the SMARTer 2030 Action Coalition was launched. We are a founding member of the initiative, launched by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), which sets a roadmap for ICT’s contribution to the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

Creating momentum

We contributed a thematic report in 2016 on digitalization and sustainability for the Swedish Digitalisation Commission to advance the role of ICT as vital to reaching the Paris climate agreement. The official government report explored ICT’s role within climate adaptation and mitigation, using ICT to improve carbon efficiencies throughout the value chain, for example, in energy, transportation, as well as in industries and agriculture/food production.

Connected mangroves

With growing climate change, ecosystems are more vulnerable. In 2015 we began working with technology providers and NGOs to reforest mangroves in Malaysia more efficiently. About 50% of Malaysian mangroves have been destroyed due to unsustainable development, leaving coastal areas vulnerable to risks such as flooding and tsunamis. In the Connected Mangroves project, through a customized deployment, Malaysian mangrove conditions are monitored in real-time, enabling better management of new sapling growth by combining mobile, IoT and cloud technologies. Communities can then take prompt action to address changing environmental conditions. In 2016, the project won a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change award, which honors initiatives that contribute to climate resilience.

Connected water

Wise water management enables climate- resilient societies. ICT can play a pivotal role in monitoring water quality and the condition of water infrastructure. In a customer-tailored deployment developed in 2016, Ericsson Connected Water wirelessly connected water sensors report water quality data every 30 minutes, creating an ongoing ecological signature of a particular point in the water system as well as real-time leak detection systems for water utility pipelines. Together with AT&T, we are monitoring water quality at crucial watershed locations in the City of Atlanta.