ICT has a unique potential to enable other industrial sectors to move towards the low-carbon economy central to meeting the SDGs. According to Ericsson’s research, ICT solutions can reduce global carbon emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030. Thus, we continuously work on supporting society with technology that can positively impact while in parallel working on reducing our own and our products’ carbon footprint.
The role of ICT
ICT has a unique potential to enable other industrial sectors to move towards the low-carbon economy that will be central to mitigate climate change. According to Ericsson’s research, ICT solutions could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030 while being responsible for less than 2% of the global carbon footprint.
Proactive management of energy, environment, and climate action is a core component of our company strategy and corporate culture. We leverage our circular economy approach to continuously improve energy use in our operations and energy performance in our products and minimize negative environmental and climate impacts.
We are committed to working together with other companies, governments, and international organizations to combat climate change.
We engage in public-private partnerships to advance shared aims and visions, strongly advocating for the message that ICT can help shape more sustainable societies. ICT is a carbon-lean sector that accounts for less than 2% of global CO2 emissions. We continuously advocate for ICT-based solutions as a viable means for cities, industries, and countries to reduce their carbon footprints.
Advocating for climate action
For over two decades, Ericsson has researched how the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector impacts the environment and society. The Company collaborates with universities and businesses and published research in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, reports, and conferences.
Ericsson was an active contributor to the SBT Initiative and the development of a 1,5°C aligned trajectory for the ICT sector, which would help ICT companies set 1,5°C targets and support the fast decarbonization sector. This work collaborates with the International Telecommunication Union, Global System Mobile Association, and Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative.
Ericsson was an active lead partner with other leading organizations in developing the Exponential Roadmap that was launched in conjunction with the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019 and 2018. The Roadmap shows 36 existing solutions across sectors that can be scaled globally to help halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Also, as a spin-off from the Exponential Roadmap initiative, Ericsson supported developing the first 1.5°C Business Playbook for exponential climate action. The Playbook provides a framework on how companies and organizations of all sizes can fully integrate climate action in their business strategies and reach net-zero emissions.
Ericsson’s portfolio energy performance
Energy use in-network operation remains a priority for Ericsson and its Smart Cities customers. In addition, Ericsson’s research shows that the lifetime energy usage from Ericsson’s delivered products remains a major contributor to the Company’s carbon footprint. We, therefore, have a 1.5°C aligned SBT to achieve 35% energy saving in our Ericsson Radio System by 2022 compared to the legacy portfolio in 2016.
Ericsson’s products and solutions offering increased energy performance are a key enabler to lower customers’ total cost of ownership and network-related carbon footprint. The Company is committed to developing innovative products and solutions that enable the mobile industry to meet current and future traffic demands while simultaneously addressing energy consumption.
Ericsson Industry 4.0
Industries are under constant pressure – to improve product quality, boost factory efficiency, stay competitive, enhance safety, security and sustainability, and remain profitable.
Continuing to drive operational efficiencies through traditional cost-cutting measures now provides only marginal gains. Industry 4.0 is about the significant transformation in how goods are produced and delivered – moving toward industrial automation and the flexible factory. To stay competitive, factories and warehouses must leverage the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) and digitalization to become much more agile and efficient.
While industries have automated many processes, secure wireless connectivity empowers factory automation, making industrial automation possible on a much larger scale. By creating a digital foundation, industrial automation will increase productivity and performance.
Huge gains await industries that cut the cord and go wireless. Wireless cellular connectivity supports the business outcomes that the industry expects from Industry 4.0. For instance, manufacturing enables flexible production by allowing smart factories to change over production lines to shorten lead times rapidly.
Enable smart manufacturing
The transition to Industry 4.0 will depend on the successful adoption of many new technologies. To accelerate smart manufacturing, digital twins of machines and operations will be necessary, as will factory automation and real-time control of equipment and tasks. For instance, Ericsson’s factory in Tallinn has demonstrated that with augmented reality troubleshooting, the average fault detection time reduction combined with better ergonomics and faster information sharing can boost productivity by up to 50%.
Industry 4.0 will help make smart machines smarter, factories more efficient, processes less wasteful, production lines more flexible, and productivity higher, built on the foundation of smart, secure, wireless connectivity, there are opportunities to extend machine life through predictive maintenance, support rapid material handling, monitor every detail of the shop floor, and leverage collaborative robots simultaneously with mobile communication. This will help factories realize their goal of becoming a fully automated factories.
Wireless cellular solutions for factories and warehouses
Enterprises implementing Industry 4.0 need fast, reliable, secure wireless connectivity solutions. Ericsson’s wireless connectivity solutions, purpose-built for industrial environments, provide secure, reliable coverage, high device density, predictable latency, and full visibility of machines, processes, and data.
Ericsson offers global connectivity and device management through the IoT Accelerator and on-premise connectivity solutions for industries.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, or IoT. You’ve heard of it. But what is it, and why does it promise such vast change? Well, imagine everything in our physical world all seamlessly connected, securely connected, everything connected even when you’re barely close to grasping the potential of IoT.
Everything connected. Everywhere.
IoT is not separate from the Internet but an expansion of it – a way of intelligently fusing the real and cyber worlds. By 2050, there will be 24 billion interconnected devices, meaning almost every object around us: streetlights, thermostats, electric meters, fitness trackers, water pumps, cars, elevators, even gym vests.
These IoT-enabled devices contain sensors that constantly collect and react to data, and this vast level of data can be used to unlock new levels of intelligence.
No limits, except your imagination
Every so often, an innovation comes along that leaves those without it behind. IoT is such a game-changer. Because it’s not what IoT is, it’s what it has the potential to be. For businesses dreaming of new solutions, the only limits are their imagination.
Ericsson’s IoT solutions will help you bridge that gap between possibility and reality. And we’ll do this by supplying the ultimate connector: cellular.
Making IoT connections limitless
If we could lift the hood of IoT, what’s in the engine?
Cellular. Cellular is the DNA that holds it all together, like the secure welding that forges together the thousands of car parts.
It’s the connecting force that powers everything – a technology that supplies the seamless connectivity IoT demands, offering global, borderless coverage that’s both secure and reliable.
And the unlimited connectivity that cellular offers is what’s helping the IoT to power the digital transformation of businesses the world over.
The tools for transformation
To realize the full potential of IoT, you’ll need the right tools to harness it.
Ericsson has created a range of products that will offer the connectivity solutions your business needs to deploy devices globally and harness IoT for growing business revenue.
Ericsson’s IoT platform is a simple, global ecosystem that helps you turn business concepts into realities and boost your efficiency, productivity, and ultimately, your profitability.
A proven IoT connection
At Ericsson, we help mobile network operators tap into the full value of the IoT opportunity. We do this by enabling CSPs to build their networks and support connected devices through our IoT platforms. Our cellular IoT portfolio will enable CSPs to capture a larger share of the IoT market, diversify across more industries, and implement more advanced use cases. This means they can expand, capture new revenue, and create new value for their customers undergoing digital transformation.
More control. More visibility. More connectivity.
Now it’s easier for software developers to gain more connectivity and control of their IoT devices using IoT Accelerator. Our communication service provider ecosystem allows them to deploy their IoT apps easily, visibly, and globally. Develop. Connect. Launch.