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Company impacts

We manage the environmental impact of our own activities with particular focus on our carbon footprint. We continuously work to reduce the carbon footprint with four focus areas: reducing energy usage in facilities (offices, production sites, data centers and test labs); shifting from air to surface product transport; reducing business travel impact, and improving fleet vehicle management.

Global ICT centres

Over the past five years, we have reduced CO2e emissions per employee by 45%. In 2016 this represents 4.32 ktonnes CO2e emissions per employee (see graph). This achievement implies a reduction of over 315 ktonnes CO2e in absolute emissions from our own activities compared to the baseline. We are on track with our longterm objective to maintain absolute CO2e emissions from our own activities in 2017 at the same level as in 2011.

Carbon footprint intensity target

Managing energy in facilities

More efficient use of our buildings is achieved through better workplace functionality a shift to more energy-efficient buildings and by driving building requirements (e.g. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) level gold or equivalent). We prioritize the use of renewable energy in our facilities.

Global ICT Centers

We have an ongoing transition to establish three high-tech, Global ICT Centers. In 2016, all three centers were operating, and consolidation activities continue. The ICT centers – two in Sweden and one in Canada – are situated in areas with access to renewable energy and a reliable power grid. The centers featureleading-edge design that is modular and scalable, and efficient use of resources. As one example of that approach, we are now able to recycle waste heat by sending it to the heating plant to be reused.

Product transportation

In 2016, we continued the ongoing shift from air to surface transport to reduce CO2e emissions. Product volumes transported were comparable to 2015; however we have achieved a reduction of 26 ktonnes CO2e in absolute terms and are below 1 tonne CO2e per tonne goods transported.

Business travel

Business travel emissions dropped by approximately 4% per employee compared to 2015. Virtual meetings have become a standard way of how we work as a substitute to travel.

Fleet vehicles

Our aim is to reduce CO2e per kilometer in our vehicle fleet by using vehicles more efficiently, implementing telematics, and trialing alternative fuels.

Water consumption

We are signatories to the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate which commits companies to a number of steps within water management. This includes taking action in our direct operations as well as our supply chain.

Water supply for our facilities is ordinary municipal water, mainly used for toilets, restaurants, changing rooms and sport facilities. We do not abstract freshwater directly from ground or surface water sources. In 2016, water consumption within our own activities was approximately 25 cubic meters per employee.

Managing water consumption is an increasingly important part of our supply chain management. We require our suppliers to control and measure their water usage. If water consumption is identified as a significant environmental aspect, the supplier is expected to develop a water management plan. We have begun informing our supply chain about the new requirements.

Product take-back

Product take-back

Managing e-waste and taking extended producer responsibility is an important element of the circular economy. Around the world, electronic waste – or e-waste – is growing exponentially due to increasing consumer demand, high product turnover and falling prices. E-waste contains hazardous substances that, if treated inappropriately at end-of-life, can damage human health and the environment.

Our global Ericsson Product Take-Back program is designed to minimize thepotential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment (e-waste). It is offered to our customers globally in 180 countries. Since its inception in 2005, customers in more than 107 countries have taken advantage of the program. We offer the program to all customers globally, not only in Europe where it is required by law. This guarantees that e-waste does not end up in trade-restricted areas, landfill or in places where unethical business practices are taking place.

When we take back products, we recycle more than 98% of the materials. We continue to expand our product take-back program, involving more countries and increasing take-back volumes for our customers.