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▷ Study shows: 5G is crucial for achieving Europe’s climate goals

28.10.2021 – 11:15

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  • A new pan-European analysis[1] concludes that the use of 5G technology in four emission-intensive sectors could lead to annual emission savings equivalent to the elimination of over 35 million cars on the roads of the EU.[2]
  • The results underscore the need for an accelerated roll-out of 5G across Europe in order to meet national and EU-wide targets for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson: “The EU and UK have set ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets that require change in society as a whole. This new analysis shows that connectivity, and 5G in particular, is essential to achieving these decarbonization goals are vital. ”

The introduction of 5G by 2030 will have an immediate and accelerating effect on reducing CO2e emissions (carbon dioxide equivalents) in Europe and the UK, according to a new study commissioned by Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). To this end, the rapid expansion of the digital infrastructure in Europe must be promoted.

While European countries are stepping up their efforts to achieve the climate goals, a new Europe-wide analysis comes to the conclusion that the introduction of 5G technology in four emission-intensive sectors – energy, transport, manufacturing and buildings – emits 55 to 170 million tonnes of CO2e annually could save. A sum that could be achieved by eliminating 35 million cars. This is one of seven cars on Europe’s roads.

  • Energy: Up to 75MtCO2e; Example: Sensor-controlled improvements in the generation and use of renewable energies
  • Transport: Up to 55MtCO2e; Example: Improved truck utilization
  • Manufacturing: Up to 35MtCO2e; Example: Sensor-controlled increase in efficiency in factories
  • Buildings and offices: Up to 5MtCO2e; Example: Enable flexible and decentralized work through 5G connectivity

If one takes a look beyond 5G to the connectivity sector as a whole, the relevance becomes even clearer: The analysis of the European decarbonization scenario suggests that connectivity is a necessity for climate protection solutions that outweighs around 550 million tonnes of CO2e for the period up to 2030. For comparison: this corresponds to 15 percent of the total emissions of the EU in 2017. This year was chosen as the benchmark for the analysis.[3]

Despite the potential at stake, the new predictions for 5G rollout from the annual Ericsson Mobility Report paint a worrying picture for Europe. At the end of 2020, around 15 percent of the world’s population was supplied with 5G. In 2027, just three years before global emissions will have to halve to bring global warming to 1.5 ºC[4] According to new forecasts, only about 75 percent of the world’s population will be equipped with 5G. It is estimated that North America and Northeast Asia will cover more than 95 percent of their population by 2027. In contrast, Europe, with population coverage of more than 80 percent, will lag well behind its economic competitors.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, says: “The EU and UK have set ambitious carbon reduction targets that require change across society. This new analysis shows that connectivity, and 5G in particular, is critical to achieving these decarbonisation goals. It It is difficult to imagine how these goals will be achieved if the expansion of the digital infrastructure in Europe is not advanced as quickly as in other leading countries and regions of the world. ”

“At Ericsson we see sustainability as an essential responsibility, not an optional extra. We will continue to invest heavily, not only for our customers through energy-efficient products and solutions, but also in our own operations, as we do in our 5G Smart Factory in the US It’s a great example of the emissions savings that can be achieved by adopting 5G manufacturing. ”

“With the advent of 5G, Europe is currently moving towards a more digital, low-carbon future as other regions sprinting in the same direction. Policymakers and regulators have an important role to play here by leveraging the competitive economic, social and sustainable potential of 5G recognize and work swiftly together to remove practical, regulatory and financial barriers to benefit people, businesses, industries and societies across Europe. ”

Ericsson itself has invested heavily in energy-efficient research and development as well as in the development of products and solutions across all technology portfolios in order to offer customers the most sustainable alternatives for their network modernization strategies.

Ericsson’s 5G smart factory manufacturing complex in Lewisville, Texas, USA, was built using best practices for end-to-end environmental sustainability. Ericsson’s own energy efficient 5G solutions are in operation at this location.

The factory was designed to use 24 percent less energy, 75 percent less water indoors and 97 percent of operational carbon emissions than comparable buildings.

the 5G Smart Factory was twice recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2020 for their global leadership in the next generation of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and for their achievements in manufacturing and sustainability.


The new analysis, published by Ericsson in its Connectivity and Climate Change report, draws on data sources and methodologies from our previous research on 5G use cases, our collaborative research with operators on the carbon footprint of telecommunications networks and dem McKinsey-Bericht Net-Zero Europe.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. The core business is equipping cellular networks. The company’s portfolio includes the business areas Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services and Emerging Business. Ericsson’s innovation investments have brought the benefits of cellular communications to life for billions of people around the world. The company helps its customers to advance digitization, increase efficiency and develop new sources of income.

The company, founded in 1876, employs around 101,000 people worldwide and works with customers in 180 countries. In 2020, Ericsson had net sales of SEK 232.4 billion. Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ in Stockholm and New York.

Ericsson currently has 149 commercial agreements and contracts with mobile network operators worldwide. In addition, Ericsson is involved in the majority of all commercially launched 5G live networks. The 97 5G live networks supported by Ericsson worldwide include networks in Germany and Switzerland.

In Germany, Ericsson employs around 2,700 people at 12 locations – including around 1,000 people in research and development (R&D). The head office is in Düsseldorf.

[1] Using the McKinsey report Net Zero Europe as a baseline

[2] EPA (2021). Greenhouse gas equivalency calculator. Retrieved from: European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (2021). Used vehicles in Europe, passenger cars, 2017. Retrieved from: Please note that the EPA equivalency calculator uses the average annual emissions from a US automobile.

[3] European Environment Agency (2021). EUA greenhouse gases – data viewer. Greenhouse gas emissions by aggregated sectors, agriculture, international shipping and international aviation, 2017. Retrieved from:

[4] Exponential timetable (2020). Scaling 36 solutions to halve emissions by 2030. Retrieved from:

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