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Apr 22 2019

Nokia looks to a zero emissions digital society

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the next step in socio-economic advancement, and technology will play a central role in connecting people and all manner of consumer, industrial and business devices. Nokia will provide the technologies - such as 5G, cloud platforms and automation and AI - to connect this digital world, and Nokia is committed to reducing power consumption and waste at all levels within the business to fight against climate change and enable a Zero Emission digital future for society.

Pia Tanskanen, Head of Environment at Nokia says “As a company, Nokia was the first in its industry to commit to long-term Science Based Targets, and we remain a leader. We intend to reduce emissions from our facilities and vehicles by 41 % and from our networks by 75% by end of 2030.”

Each year, Nokia holds a climate change webinar with its suppliers to share our targets and best practice, and we take part in Earth Hour by switching the lights off in our buildings around the world. In 2018, our total annual energy consumption across our facilities decreased by 5% and 28% of our electricity came from renewable sources. We also design our products and services to minimize the environmental impact and power consumption of the communications networks.

Nokia estimates that mobile operators currently have over €72 billion Radio Access Network (RAN) global energy bill, so the need to decouple data growth from energy usage has never been greater. Our AirScale radio base station solution (BTS) are one of the leading products we supply to mobile operators to help build zero emissions networks. In 2018, the customer base station sites we modernized used on average 43% less energy than those where our customers did not modernize.

Our new AirScale multiband radios, for example, consume up to 28% less power during busy hours compared to single band radios with an average reduction typically between 10–20%. Our zero-emissions radio network offering has around 20 products and services and includes some famous names, like our ReefShark system on chip and our innovative liquid cooling technology for AirScale BTS. Our technology delivers power consumption reductions of 30-50% for air conditioning units and 15% for fans, while also reducing noise pollution and recycling the heat generated.

All businesses are aware of the dangers of irreversible climate change. This is why Nokia is committed to delivering products and solutions to customers that reduce emissions. As we move in to digital world, Nokia’s AirScale BTS provides a smooth migration path from 4G to 5G, with lower power consumption and carbon emissions that in turn will reduce opex. Going green is positively good for businesses everywhere and in every way!

Read more on our website or watch Pia and Harry explain on video how Nokia 5G is both cool and green. Share your thoughts on this topic by joining the Twitter discussion with @nokianetworks or @nokia using #5G, #zeroemissions, #tech4climate, #sustainability.

About Pia Tanskanen

Pia is responsible for Nokia’s environmental programs. She has spent over 20 years working in global ICT, for both B2B and B2C. She is passionate about environmental topics, such as #zeroemissions, #tech4climate, #sustainability innovation and value creation, and recycling & circular economy.

Tweet me at @piatanska