SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
ICT's role in reaching this goal
By supporting services instead of physical products, ICT is helping reduce energy use as well as material consumption. ICT also supports the reuse, sharing and remanufacturing of products and goods. Key enablers are the dematerialization of certain processes and the collection and processing of data in others; an example of this is the music industry and digital services such as Spotify. In terms of cloud services, studies show that moving to the cloud could dramatically affect resource use, both in material and energy.
ICT solutions making an impact
We gathered 53 tons of e-waste from a telecom operator in Cameroon in 2017 and sent it to our recycling partner in South Africa. In the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment, Ericsson was successfully able to recycle 98% of all materials. This E-waste initiative helped with disposal, reducing costs and risks, as well as carbon footprint.
In 2016, we entered a partnership with Entel, a leading mobile operator in Chile, to handle e-waste under the global Ericsson Product Take-Back Program. The program covers the collection, decommissioning, transport, storage, and disposal of electrical equipment, where 98% of materials are recycled. The partnership enabled take-back of more than 400 tonnes of materials during 2016, in Chile alone.