The use of ICT is increasing rapidly; in the Ericsson Mobility Report it is predicted that mobile data will grow 12-fold between 2012 and 2018. This ICT expansion helps economic growth and development, and makes the world a more accessible, open and democratic place. Does it, however, also mean an equally dramatic increase in energy use and carbon emissions?
The new Ericsson Energy and Carbon Report shows that even with the dramatic growth predicted for ICT, the sector as a whole is unlikely to account for more than 2 percent of the total global carbon footprint. This is largely due to advances in technology, and industry efforts to reduce energy consumption. The report also looks at absolute growth in terms of energy use, and outlines how the Networked Society with all its connected devices will affect energy use and carbon footprint. It also describes how ICT can provide transformative solutions to offset total global CO2 emissions from other sectors.