Reducing emissions through mobile technology

There’s good evidence that information and communications technology (ICT) makes a major contribution to gross domestic product growth, and at the same time can help to reduce the use of energy, slowing down global warming.

Technology enables higher energy efficiency by making homes, offices, transportation, and operations more efficient. ICT-based services and initiatives such as remote working and video conferencing can help to lower overall CO2 emissions.

Multi-functional mobile devices and smartphones also do their bit to help save the environment, for example by eschewing the need for a separate satellite navigation, , camera and music player by offering many features in one device. By incorporating the functionalities of several products into one product, this contributes to greater energy efficiency and less use of resources.

One of the key ways Nokia makes a positive impact is by using our core technologies to help people to reduce their carbon footprints. Around 1.3 billion people today own and use Nokia devices and services. This gives us great possibilities to contribute to the reduction of emissions with simple everyday actions.

Assume, for example, that just 10% of the people using Nokia devices did the following for one year:

  • use their Nokia to attend a conference instead of travelling to the meeting by plane

  • use their Nokia to work remotely once a week instead of driving to work

  • use their Nokia instead of buying a separate music player, camera, video camera, PC, fixed line phone and satnav.

The combined impact of these actions could reduce global CO2 emissions by over 220 million tonnes. This figure represents practically the same amount as the annual fossil fuel-based CO2 emissions of Sweden, Chile, and Vietnam combined.

We also provide comprehensive digital map information from NAVTEQ, now part of Nokia. According to their research, drivers who use satellite navigation on a regular basis not only drive shorter distances and spend less time driving, but also consume less fuel – which decreases their CO2 emissions.