Stepping up and taking climate change action

Global climate action summit

Even if one hot summer doesn’t prove climate change is happening, we can all be sure that the signs are there and we can expect more extreme weather and a warmer future. One of this year’s key meetings on this topic is the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which is taking place September 12 to 14 in San Francisco. More than 300 journalists registered to attend and there are thousands of delegates joining leading researchers, politicians and industry representatives from leading companies. The meeting focuses on opportunities, solutions and a strong call to action.

Ericsson is participating and has contributed to two major deliverables that will both be presented on the 13th. The first one is the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap Report – I will write a separate blog post about that soon, explaining how it fits together with other recent research from Ericsson.

The second deliverable at the GCAS that Ericsson has contributed to is the “Step Up Declaration”. Over the years we have been urged to sign an abundance of declarations and statements, but in general I believe much more in showing action than expressing commitments. However, the Step Up Declaration is different from most other declarations: in this case the company signs up to recognize the general need for climate action and then expresses its own commitment in its own terms. Therefore, I think the Step Up Declaration provides a good platform for Ericsson to summarize our climate action.

This is Ericsson’s Step Up Declaration:

As a sustainability pioneer in the private sector, we have both been an advocate of climate action and invested in research and development in climate solutions. We understand the urgency for action. We believe that leveraging new technology, such as digitalization and 5G, will be fundamental to reducing carbon emissions by half every decade, i.e. to meet the Carbon Law.

  • We have developed a portfolio that is 50% more energy efficient than its predecessor and have set targets to reduce energy consumption by 35% by 2022 (in absolute terms vs. 2016 portfolio) that are approved as Science Based Targets.
  • We have cut our own absolute emissions by 50% (2012-2017) and have set targets to reduce another 35% by 2022 (vs. 2016 level) that are approved as Science Based Targets.
  • We stimulate the build-up of a market for clean energy and already buy renewable energy in all countries where it is available (45% of current use) and will continue to request renewables from energy providers globally.
  • We will continue to enable decarbonization of the ICT sector as a main contributor to ongoing international standardization and by provisioning of peer reviewed research on emissions and energy data.
  • We will continue to contribute to reports such as “Exponential Climate Action Roadmap” to demonstrate how technology can be game changer in reduction of carbon emissions.

We have demonstrated solutions that help make it possible to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Now other companies and policymakers must join the quest for an exponential growth in the adoption of solutions that enable reduction of carbon emissions globally.

I invite you all to learn more about Ericsson’s approach to climate change, and start to think about and explore ways of how you can help make a positive difference.

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