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Jan 11 2017

Cutting emissions is more than just a good thing to do

Twitter: @harkuo

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Here’s an amazing statistic that has a clear impact for the telco industry. The Semiconductor Industry Association forecast that, based on current trends, computing will need more electricity by 2040 than the entire world could generate. That would be a showstopper for operators, who are major ICT users.

Meanwhile, with the Paris Agreement on climate change being ratified and taking effect in November 2016, the pressure has never been greater to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s not just governments feeling the heat, shareholders and consumers are increasingly concerned about the climate and want companies to up their game.

The most effective way to cut emissions is to cut the amount of energy used, which also brings a welcome cut in energy bills. We estimate that operators around the world are spending €66 billion a year on the energy used by their base station sites. At the same time, the move towards the 5G era will see multiple technologies added to the radio access network (RAN), pushing up energy consumption.

Yet there’s plenty of scope to cut energy use and save operators money. And the benefit is not just lower costs - operators that show they are green are more likely to get a thumbs up from consumers.

The journey to a zero emission RAN begins with a good strategy based on two parallel routes: use less power through increased energy efficiency and decarbonize the RAN through increased use of renewable energy.

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Nokia is already helping operators take the lead with solutions such as the AirScale Base Station, which has up to 60% lower energy consumption than our previous generation radio access solution – and that means 60% less carbon emissions. There are many innovations in the design, such as software that reduces the energy consumption of the base stations and even zero energy use when there is no traffic.

As our CEO Rajeev Suri succinctly put it: “We can do good things for our customers and our planet.”

Cutting carbon emissions is a good thing, not just for your corporate conscience, but also for your bottom line.

For more information on how Nokia can help you become a zero emission operator, download our latest eBook.

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About Harry Kuosa

Harry Kuosa is responsible for 5G marketing at Nokia Networks. He is passionate about making radio access networks simpler and easier to operate, and on environmental friendly solutions like Zero Emission to make a greener world. He has a BSc in electrical engineering and has held conference presentations at many international events.

Tweet me at @harkuo