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Combatting climate change

Combatting climate change

In March 2021 we announced our aim to reduce emissions by 50% across our own operations and our products in use between 2019 and 2030. Our new Science Based Targets (SBTs) fulfil our commitment to recalibrate our existing targets to align with a 1.5°C global warming scenario.

Our more ambitious targets start with 2019 emissions as the baseline.  For Scope 3 emissions, our new 50% target also covers a much broader base, close to 100%, of our current product portfolio as well as emissions from both logistics and our EMS assembly factories within our supply chain. For Scope 1&2 emissions the new 50% target covers our own operations including emissions from facilities, R&D labs, and our car and marine fleets.

We were an early adopter of the science based targets methodology and were the first telecoms vendor to set science based approved targets in 2017 and among the first 100 companies across all sectors. Our original targets were based on the Paris Climate Agreement and on 2014 reported emissions. We have been on track with the original targets between 2015 and 2019 and in fact due to great work by our people achieved much of the original targeted emissions reductions in our operations (Scope 1&2) by end 2019. 

Learn more about Science Based Targets here

Telefonica and Nokia show 5G upto 90% more energy efficient

In research undertaken with Telefonica, 5G networks were found to be up to 90 percent more energy efficient per traffic unit than legacy networks. Mobile operators can offset energy increases during 5G rollouts as data traffic is set to increase dramatically. 5G is a natively greener technology with more data bits per kilowatt of energy than any previous wireless technology generation. It has been designed from its inception and standardization with several energy-saving features at the radio base station and network levels. Read more here


World’s first 5G liquid-cooled base station garners award

In November 2020, Elisa Corporation and Nokia were awarded one of 2020’s Energy Difference of the Year awards in Finland for the introduction of the world’s first 5G liquid-cooled mobile network base station developed by Nokia. The solution reduces the energy consumption of the base station by up to one-third and carbon dioxide emissions by upto 80 per cent per site. Read more about the award here 

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Highlights 2019


Highlights in 2019

Life of a base station

The life of a base station is from idea to operation to end of life and how we are minimizing the climate impacts throughout that lifecycle.

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Sustainability and the life of a base station

Make do and mend

“Make do and mend was a phrase used in government campaigns in the UK in the 1940s, a long time before the term circularity was a buzzword.”
—Pia Tanskanen

Read more Make do and mend – circularity comes full circle | Nokia


Our climate work

Our work to combat climate change and its effects encompasses increasing the energy efficiency of our products in use in our customers networks to help them decrease their carbon emissions, taking actions to reduce the emissions from our own operations and finally creating technology that can help other industries and organizations reduce their emissions, resource use and eco footprint.

Digital technology innovations are already playing a key role in not only reducing the negative impacts but driving potential positive impacts of technology on industries, society and the lives of individuals –the enabling effect. To achieve the greatest impact, all parties from individuals through business to governments and countries must work collectively. 5G, IoT, smart automation and planning, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence will contribute to halting the advance of climate change. In many areas, society and government, and even we as individual people, will need to rethink how we live.

Circular thinking is also one key aspect of our approach, integrated into our whole value chain. Circularity is about working efficiently to avoid waste generation and resource overuse through better design, serviceability and product lifetime extension. Reuse, recycle, refurbish. We also work with our supply chain, sharing and learning best practices and encouraging disclosure of carbon emissions and setting targets.Our climate related disclosures, including risks, opportunities, governance, targets and scenario analysis are aligned according to the guidance of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in our CDP report.

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Our portfolio – energy efficient and climate-driven.

Our portfolio – energy efficient and climate-driven. Our products in use remain the most significant part of our carbon footprint. We are committed to making the products and solutions we deliver to our customers more efficient in terms of how they are made and how they operate.

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Our operations –energy and resource efficient

Our operations – energy and resource efficient. Across our own operations we aim to reduce the emissions, use of natural resources and waste through processes and programs in our offices, data centers and labs, and also targeting transportation, packaging, and employee travel and commuting. Beyond our own direct operations, we also work with our supply chain to encourage and enable greater energy and resource efficiency and less waste.

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