The Role of 5G for More Sustainability and CO2 Emission Reduction

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By Leo Gergs | 1Q 2022 | IN-6352


The Role of ICT for Global CO2 Emissions


The topic of sustainability has never been higher on the societal agenda than it is today. With the Paris Agreement signed in April 2016, 175 world leaders committed to limiting the global temperature increase to below 2° Celsius (C) compared to pre-industrial levels and pursued efforts to limit temperature increases even further to 1.5° C. To achieve this, the signatories are committing to becoming net carbon neutral by the middle of this century. The scientific community in the form of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes an even more drastic case. Maintaining the current trajectory, the world will reach the crucial threshold of a 1.5° C temperature increase compared to pre-industrial levels by 2030. Consequentially, global net emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels (which corresponds to almost fifteen gigatons) by 2030.

As the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is making noticeable contributions to energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases. Though…

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