Smartphones Cut 180 million Tonnes of Carbon Emissions Each Year

According to a recent report by Carbon Trust, usage of mobile technology is assisting avoid 180 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year in the US and Europe.

Smartphones Cut 180 million Tonnes of Carbon Emissions Each Year

The investments were determined by enhancements in fields such as building management and route planning, which has abridged energy and fuel use. Smartphones are also permitting people to work from home more easily and regulate heating and electricity systems more proficiently.

The 180 million tonne saving is almost five times more than releases from the operation of the mobile networks. The research, sponsored by Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), BT, EE, Telefónica UK (O2) and Vodafone, also emphasized impending areas for future carbon emissions declines.

A study of 4,000 smartphone consumers across the USA, UK, Spain, South Korea and Mexico found that 50% people would be eager to use their smartphone to sell, rent or share things that they posses, with other individuals.

Carbon Trust senior consultant Andie Stephens said:

“Mobile is going to have a key role to play in helping to tackle climate change. But the impact the technology is having today is just a fraction of its full potential.”

“Given the urgency of the challenge the world faces then there is a clear case to accelerate the adoption of the various mechanisms through which mobile can help to cut carbon. It should also help promote green growth in the developing world, helping emerging economies to leapfrog over the need for certain types of high carbon infrastructure.”

Vodafone’s latest CSR report revealed that its Internet of Things technology had facilitated customers cut emissions by 3.5 million tonnes. Study by equivalent mobile giant Ericsson found that the extent of mobile phones and endorsement of smart technology could help lessen worldwide GHG emissions by up to 15% by 2030.

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