07/01/2013

Nokia helps identify the role of ICT in decreasing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

In Dec 2012, at the COP18 climate change conference in Doha, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) released a new report, SMARTer2020, which identifies the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future and decreasing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the report, increased use of ICT offers the potential to reduce the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5%, which means the sector’s abatement potential (helping others decrease their emissions) is seven times the size of its own carbon footprint - a fact that has been underestimated until now

The report evaluates greenhouse gas reduction potential from ICT-enabled solutions ranging across six sectors of the economy: power, transportation, manufacturing, consumer and service, agriculture, and buildings. Nokia sponsored this report as we believe collaboration with others can often be the most effective way to approach certain sustainability issues.

We also believe that with over 1.3 billion people using Nokia devices, we’re in a unique position to effect positive environmental and social change. From raising awareness about environmental issues to helping reduce your carbon footprint, mobile apps and services offer one way to help protect the planet. For example, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive are already helping people optimize their travel and thus avoid unnecessary drive and reduce emissions. Nokia Transport, with its database of public transport schedules and timetables, gives people the chance to cut personal greenhouse gas emissions.

We also invest in social projects which impact three key issues; education, livelihoods and health. We believe the power of mobility plays a key role in the development of these areas. Go to Social Investments section on this website to find out more.