Reducing carbon emissions while maintaining economic growth and improving quality of life, is one of the fundamental challenges for government in the 21st century and one in which the ICT sector, including Vodafone, can play a real part.
The increased use of information and communications technology (ICT), in areas such as improved logistics networks, fleet management and smart building management, among others, could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5% by 2020, says a new study, SMARTer2020, from GeSI (the Global e-Sustainability Initiative).
The new study, unveiled this week, shows that concerted action by the ICT sector, in concert with policy-makers, could save 9.1 Gigatonnes of harmful greenhouse gases from being emitted, amounting to $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel savings.
The new research identifies the potential of ICT-enabled solutions to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced across six sectors of the economy: power, transportation, manufacturing, consumer and service, agriculture and buildings.
The partnership between Vodafone and ASB Bank in New Zealand aptly demonstrates the potential for mobile communications to make substantial carbon and cost savings: in just three years, ASB Bank has been able to reduce its energy consumption by 23%, equivalent to €1,625,000 and has saved over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, thanks to our M2M solutions.