Digital solutions, such as remote meeting services and connected smart transport have a great opportunity to enable CO2 emission reductions and energy savings in other industries.

Several reports such as the GSMA Enablement Effect report show how connectivity and digital solutions improve resource efficiency and reduce GHG emissions in other industries through increasing efficiency, for example optimization of logistics, and by replacing physical products or travel. Future potential is great and far-reaching: 5G will enable societies to further scale existing as well as utilize new solutions. Digitalization, in particular related to IoT and data insights, will be key to enable smarter use of natural resources, fossil-free energy grids and more efficient transportation and logistics.

In 2020, we developed a model for estimating customers’ GHG emissions reductions and energy savings through the use of some of our products and services with clear enablement potential. Based on products and services delivered during and before 2020, we estimate that these products and services helped reduce over 490,000 tons of GHG emissions, the equivalent of over 3,5 million return trips by air between Stockholm and Helsinki.

The carbon enablement effect of some services such as connected electricity meters should be seen in the context of Telia Company operating mostly in markets where national electricity mixes consist of high shares of renewables. Hence, electricity savings for such services is more important to track to understand the full benefits. We estimate that in 2020 we helped save almost 290 GWh electricity, the annual consumption of 30,000 average Swedish households.

Going forward, we aim to expand the model to cover more of our services and to actively engage in industry collaboration to establish common calculation methods.