Environmental sustainability and digitization – Ericsson



When factories cut cables and switch to cellular phones, they become much more flexible and produce less waste, while increasing productivity. Ericsson’s 5G smart factory in Lewisville, Texas is a prime example of what’s possible. By digitizing many of its fundamentals, the Lewisville plant reduced its energy consumption by 24% compared to comparable buildings, while increasing its productivity.

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Renewable energy

According to the UN, 85% of electricity in 2050 will have to come from renewable sources. This will mean a huge transformation for energy operators and distributors who will need greater visibility and better control of their distribution networks. With 5G, these operators can connect smart meters to the grid and proactively detect faults and demand spikes that could result from, for example, mass recharging of electric vehicles.

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Another area where digitization can have a big impact is the transport sector, with the sector accounting for 21% of total global emissions (source: 2018 Exponential Climate Roadmap). 5G and data analytics will be an integral part of this equation, especially when it comes to operating autonomous vehicles on a large scale. 5G, for example, will allow operators to remotely control large fleets of autonomous vehicles and optimize route planning and traffic, all with reduced operating costs and a reduced environmental footprint.

Sustainability is at the heart of our goal

At Ericsson, we have the expertise and commitment to make a positive impact. Sustainability is at the heart of our goal as a company and is embedded throughout our value chain. Our approach is holistic, covering responsible business, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion.

Our approach to environmental sustainability

The fight against climate change is an essential component of our sustainable development strategy. We rely on a circular economy approach in everything we do; and work to reduce the environmental impacts and emissions from our operations, our portfolio and through the solutions we offer across society at large.

We lead by example and although our own operations represent only a small part of the value chain emissions, we are also focused on optimizing our operations. This is why, in 2019, Ericsson set a goal of carbon neutrality for our own operations by 2030.

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Climate action advocates

For more than two decades, we have championed climate action. We conduct peer-reviewed research, both alone and in collaboration with research partners in academia and business, on the environmental, social and economic effects of the ICT sector. We were also one of the first companies to implement a lifecycle assessment methodology as an environmental strategy tool, leveraging data from our own operations, as well as our customer networks and of the ICT ecosystem in the broad sense. We assess our carbon footprint every year and have set reduction targets which are approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

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Break the energy curve

“Breaking the Energy Curve” is our unique network-level approach to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions in mobile networks. Through our detailed research and lifecycle assessments, we have developed an innovative network-wide approach to breaking the curve that can deliver cost savings, efficiency gains, and exponential traffic growth. data without increasing power consumption.

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Science-Based Targets Initiative

We were one of the first companies in our industry to set science-based goals and have actively contributed to the development of a 1.5 ° C aligned trajectory for the ICT sector, which helps ICT companies to set targets and enable rapid decarbonization of the sector.

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1.5 ° C Business Playbook

We helped create the first professional 1.5 ° C playbook for exponential climate action. The Playbook provides a framework on how businesses and organizations of all sizes can fully integrate climate action into their business strategies and achieve net zero emissions.


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