ICT and Low Carbon Growth in China

As a company to promote social sustainability, Nokia strives to drive the industry to achieve green transformation through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and consequently enables the sustainable development of the entire society. In order to help China move in the direction of low carbon society and to promote energy efficient policies and solutions, Nokia together with Intel, Lenovo and HP have prepared a report, ICT and Low Carbon Growth in China, and worked on a number of initiatives to demonstrate the benefits of ICT solutions in greening the society. 

After systematic investigation and research, the companies jointly released the report in December 2010.  According to the research ICT sector consumes energy and increases carbon dioxide emissions while helping to improve market competitiveness of enterprises and promote industrial economic growth; and rational and efficient utilization of ICT technology in other sectors can reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 

The report estimates that by 2020 China’s ICT sector will contribute 7.2 % to the GDP of China; every RMB invested in the ICT asset results in a contribution to GDP of around RMB1.6 per year; the carbon dioxide emissions of China’s ICT sector will increase from 190 MT (about 2.54% of the country’s total emissions) in 2007 to 415 MT (3~3.3% of the country’s total emissions) in 2020. 

However, if China’s industries make good use of the opportunities for ICT-enabled emissions reductions, the report estimates that they could reduce emissions by 1.4-1.7 GT CO2e between 2007 and 2020. This would amount to 13 - 18% of the national 40- 45% intensity reduction target for 2020.

The research result shows that ICT-based green transformation can be achieved in four ways:


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