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SDG 13: Climate action

SDG 13: "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts". As the fastest and largest global technology uptake in history, mobile broadband has the potential to positively impact all of the 17 SDGs. While there are considerable challenges to be tackled in achieving this ambitious agenda, the examples of our products, services and solutions demonstrate the role ICT can play in accelerating the achievement of the Global Goals.

ICT's role in reaching this goal

Goal 13 - Climate action

Since ICT is a carbon-lean sector that accounts for less than 2% of global CO2 emissions, we advocate for ICT-based solutions as a viable means for cities and countries to reduce their carbon footprints. According to Ericsson Mobility Report, ICT solutions such as IoT can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15% by 2030. The main areas where ICT can support are transportation and traffic management, buildings, services, manufacturing, agriculture and land use. We provide innovative ICT-enabled solutions as well as advocacy to address the interlinked global challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

“More asphalt is not always the solution for our traffic problems. Our infrastructure can be optimized by providing personalized information to individual travelers”.

– Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment

ICT solutions making an impact

Talking Traffic, the Netherlands

Talking Traffic, the Netherlands

This is the first nationwide, real-time traffic solution deployed by a ministry. We helped build the cloud solution for the ministerial program Talking Traffic (Beter Benutten), to connect data sources (e.g., traffic lights) with smart services.  25% of all traffic lights in the Netherlands and 5,500 intersections are connected. The solution, Ericsson Connected Urban Transport,  makes traffic related real-time data available to citizens and different stakeholders, providing optimized traffic flows with environmental gains.  

Saving money, saving energy

Saving money, saving energy

In line with the CO2 and energy reduction targets of the Chinese government, operators can modernize their GSM networks through a contractual relationship called “Energy Management Contract”. Ericsson signed a deal that means that an energy conservation project is financed by the ~30% energy OPEX savings achieved through replacing old RBS 2000 base stations with Ericsson’s more energy efficient RBS 6000 equipment.

30% energy savings from the new RBS equipment financed GSM modernization in China.