Digitization and 5G for a Sustainable Green EU Economy

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Telecom sector is thriving to be the best in its commitment to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The latest heartthrob of communications is 5G, which combined with emerging technologies such as Cognitive technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud computing and Internet of things (IOT), has the potential to become the most powerful source in guiding telecom operators to achieve sustainability. Rising use of these technologies must be delivered without any detrimental effect on the environment. Policymakers, authorities, corporations and many more are recognizing the ways in which 5G can lead to better connectivity that offers higher speed and reduced latency. A shift to a green economy and clear energy could be the result of strong political will and corporate commitment.

Take a look at how digitization and 5G harnessing will keep up with Europe’s ambition to improve the well-being and health of mankind by designing a resource-efficient competitive economy.

5G Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption at industry level 

Digitization and 5G for a Sustainable Green EU Economy

5G’s enabling effect (Source: Analysys Mason and Huawei’s Green 5G Report,2020)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) SMART 2020 report highlights 5G’s “enabling effect” across all ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) will be equivalent to 15% of all global emission, something that is on the right path to achieve cellular industry’s goal of ‘net-zero emission by 2050’. Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) will be one of the first wave of 5G services which will be colliding with evolving technologies for life changing climate goals. 

Supply chain management can be made more efficient with predictive analysis and machine learning.   With more connectivity, reduced requirement of office space, regular or business travels can lower energy consumption and reduce emissions. Taiwan Mobile uses remote detection devices to gather real time data on their base station energy consumption, which effectively excludes the need to travel for making manual entries.   Imagine an automated vehicle movement management system with a possibility to have a beneficial impact on the traffic problems of cities. Verizon, American wireless network operator, offers advanced traffic management services with vehicle detection sensors, cloud computing, 5G and IoT devices effectively providing real-time road traffic data. The later studies on this service showed fewer traffic delays, fuel consumption, emission and travel time.

5G networks could enable all of this. DIGITALEUROPE’s report states that digital technologies are capable of reducing 20% of global CO₂ emission by 2030.

Digitization and 5G for a Sustainable Green EU Economy

Benefits of digital for sustainability (Source: digitaleurope.org)

Government Bodies, Regulators, Mobile Network Operators and Corporates coming together

With the motive of ‘Digitization is Green’, the European government is looking to revolutionize the EU economy. Europe’s Green deal is aiming an improved economy that offers: Source: ec.europa.eu

Digitization and 5G for a Sustainable Green EU Economy

STL is ready to empower the European Government in their first climate action initiatives of the Green Deal that targets to

  • preserve the 2050 climate-neutrality objective into EU law
  • engage citizens, communities, corporations and everyone in climate action
  • reduce at least 55% of net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Read our whitepaper on 5G architecture  to know more about how our integrated 5G ready end-to-end solutions help telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks, and large enterprises to deliver enhanced customer experiences. Be future ready with STL’s intelligent policy control!

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