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Ericsson’s Stefan Myhrberg discussing Connected Urban Transport (Photo credit: Erik Pihl, Future Earth)

 

Together with Future Earth, the UK Science and Innovation Network, TNO, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and inno4sd.net, Ericsson co-hosted a two-day workshop in Stockholm last week on the topic of exponential climate action for cities. The purpose was to bring leading researchers, tech companies, innovators, international organizations (including the World Bank) and city representatives from across the globe together to start mapping out climate action areas in cities. The results, which include a suggestion for concrete systemic actions for cities, will contribute toward the creation of an Exponential Roadmap for the Climate Action Summit in California in September.

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Experts have long tried to understand whether the increased digitalization of societies will lead to drastically higher levels of energy consumption, with some arguing that the ICT industry’s environmental footprint is bound to increase at the same rate as the rapidly growing data volume. Happily, our growing body of research continues to show that this is not the case.

Earlier this year KTH Royal Institute of Technology published a report called ‘The electricity consumption and operational carbon emissions of ICT network operators 2010–2015’, which presents the latest findings in a long-term research collaboration between Telia and Ericsson within the frame of the Center for Sustainable Communications (CESC) at KTH. The research project was based on a unique data set with measured data from ten operators with operations in about 30 countries participating in the study (including Telia). The results show an approximately linear increase trend in annual electricity consumption and operational carbon emission that is more related to subscriber growth, which clearly indicates that the ever-increasing data traffic in ICT networks is not a catalyst for a corresponding rise in energy consumption of ICT network operators.
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In this post, Ruchi Verma, ‎IoT Offering Lead, explores how infrastructure resilience can be strengthened with Ericsson Connected Environmental Monitoring.

In 2010 the IoT Council first declared April 9 as IoT Day. This year the council hosted IoT Day events around the world on the theme of IoT for Social Good, with infrastructure resilience being one of the key topics. As such, I would like to take a look at how IoT technologies can provide crucial support in the identification and early detection of natural hazards, as well as aiding in the recovery from natural disasters.
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Ericsson is one of several partners that have been working together with the Swedish city of Gothenburg for the past 15 months on the Fossil-free Energy Districts (FED) project. The purpose of the project is to develop an innovative district-level energy system that integrates electric power, heating and cooling in an effort to reduce overall energy use and decrease fossil energy peaks by 80 percent. Our project partners include the utility company Göteborg Energi, along with property owners and academia.

According to Ann-Sofie Hermansson, mayor of the City of Gothenburg, “The FED project confirms Gothenburg as a frontrunner in developing the energy solutions of a fossil-free society. The idea is to reduce energy consumption by establishing a local marketplace for electricity, heating and cooling. Hopefully, this model will prove capable of speeding up the energy transition across Europe.”

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It’s been a year since the last Earth Hour and now the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is encouraging everyone to share their stories about how to address climate action using the hashtag #connect2earth. So far, I’ve read several amazing personal examples that illustrate what each and every one of us can do. But we mustn’t forget that companies also have a big role to play in fighting climate change. I’m pleased to report that we are making good progress at Ericsson – for example, we reduced CO2e by 14% in 2017 vs. 2016, and by close to 50% over last six years.
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From left to right: Eduardo Ricotta, president of Ericsson Brazil; Marcos Jorge de Lima, Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil; and Eduardo Navarro, President and CEO of Vivo, at World Economic Forum for Latin America 2018

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the World Economic Forum for Latin America 2018 (WEF #la18) in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of a delegation led by Eduardo Ricotta, Head of Ericsson in Brazil, and Stella Medlicott, Head of Marketing, Communications, and Government and Industry Relations for Ericsson in Europe and Latin America. We had the opportunity to participate in debates and presentations on the importance of the digitalization of industry for more than 700 Latin American business leaders and government representatives. I encourage you to check out the recordings of the live broadcast on the Forum’s website.
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Pictured from left to right: two GSMA representatives; Enrica Porcari, CIO at World Food Programme; Heather Johnson, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson; and GSMA Director General Mats Granryd.

At the Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards during Mobile World Congress 2018, Ericsson received the award for Best Mobile Innovation supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations for our Ericsson Response mission in the Caribbean during 2017. Ericsson and our UN partner World Food Programme received the award from Mats Granryd, Director-General of the GSMA.

The judges said: “This shows the massive difference it makes when technology companies and their employees put their skills, tech and money to good use. It’s a taste of how the world could be if other tech companies followed this example.”

Ericsson was shortlisted for all four of our submissions in the Social Good category, out of over 700 received by the GLOMO judges. The other initiatives were:

  • Connect to Learn Myanmar for Best Mobile Innovation for Education
  • Green Scheduler with Lean Carrier for the Green award
  • Ericsson’s IoT Landslide Alarm Solution, a second submission for best use of mobile for humanitarian response.

You can read about all of these initiatives in our recently published Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report.

Anyone who has done as little farming as growing a few tomato plants on the balcony knows that there is a lot of guesswork that goes into a successful harvest, and a lot of variables that can get in the way. On a larger scale, those variables have a real impact on successful agriculture and food security. By streamlining the cultivation and transport of foodstuffs, digital technology is planting the seeds for bountiful harvests around the world.

A global perspective on food security
With growing populations, changing climates and increased mobility of pests and invasive species, even wealthy nations must guard against the prospects of food instability. All of those topics will be on the agenda at the Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018, where the theme is The Future of Food. On Sunday, March 11, Ericsson team members will be accessible at this free-of-charge, full-day event. The Nobel Prize Dialogue aims to stimulate discussion at a practical level by bringing together Nobel Laureates, leading scientists, policymakers, industry specialists, special interest groups and the general public.

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Jan Eliasson, the former Deputy Secretary General of the UN, spoke in Stockholm recently about the Sustainable Development agenda, saying that no single entity can tackle global challenges alone, whether it’s a company, government or international organization. He added that the Global Goals help to galvanize collective action, and partnership is the new leadership.

I’ve been reflecting on that statement as we publish our latest Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which not only presents facts, figures and cases relating to our 2017 performance, but also highlights 25 years of milestones that brought us to where we are today.
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This week the 9th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) took place in beautiful Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. WUF is the world’s premier conference on urban issues, established in 2001 by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.

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