This year, the United Nations Climate Conference (called COP19) took place in Warsaw, Poland. For me, being responsible for sustainability in Ericsson’s Region West- and Central Europe, it was an excellent opportunity to participate in debates about climate change and the role of ICT.
Two years ago I attended COP17 in Durban, South Africa where Ericsson, along with Vivo were recognized as one of the ten most inspiring examples of how ICT solutions can reduce CO2 emissions. This was at the inauguration of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change initiative, where the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon opened the meeting.
At NEST 2013 – Networked Society Forum, a simulation shows that town planning, sustainability and resource management is not just of interest to professionals. Young people can also be inspired to solve some of our most pressing challenges.
Technology is changing our world in ways we could have never imagined. With global smartphone subscriptions predicted to reach 5.6 billion by 2019, increased broadband access and a 24-hour stream of information, the possibilities are endless. The challenge is to use these advances to serve the most disconnected families in the world.
Ericsson commissioned a new study by the Earth Institute and university partners on ICT in Education. The study describes the outcome of a year-long collaborative research program conducted in four rural secondary schools, two in Uganda and two in Kenya.
Whatever you look at or read today when it comes to sustainable development – all the figures are going in the wrong direction – population growth, CO2 emissions, the availability of fresh water and humanitarian crises. Can public-private partnerships make a difference?
What companies can do to stop potential human rights abuses – this was one of the issues discussed at a Shift Business Learning Program two-day workshop at Harvard University in Boston on October 31.
The potential for ICT to contribute to a more sustainable world is an exciting prospect. At the same time, operators can significantly reduce their own environmental footprint by reducing the amount of power used by their networks.