In this Tech Talk, Senior Researcher Jens Malmodin from the Sustainability group in Ericsson Research explains how ICT is in a unique position to create efficiencies and open up new ways of working and organizing things that will help other industrial sectors reduce their GHG (Green House Gas) emissions. ICT solutions could help reduce global GHG emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030 –which is equivalent to more than the current carbon footprint of the EU and US combined.

The common denominator of these solutions is the maturity of mobile broadband and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). Ericsson is investing in research into [Networked Society] these technologies, which will help reduce the carbon footprint for all.

Our findings are based on the potential that we see now, but with more investment and focus, there can be an accelerating effect with ICT.

For example, ICT can also provide a cost efficient way for developing countries to build up governmental, banking, health and education services and solutions. We are at an inflection point, and the decisions today will set the 21st century infrastructure as well as the foundations for future ways of working and living.

Finally, if we all learn to use ICT in our everyday life and work to reduce our carbon footprint, ICT can make a profound difference.