- Global data traffic set to grow eightfold, reaching over 22 zettabytes1 (ZB) by 2030; However, despite this rapid growth in data, the tech sector will dramatically reduce global carbon emissions through the adoption of 5G, fiber and cloud technologies.
- Purchasing renewable electricity, setting and meeting science-based emissions reduction targets, and improving energy efficiency through 5G, fiber and the cloud will reduce emissions from the tech sector up to ” to 40% worldwide and up to 68% in the United Kingdom
- To seize this full potential, the sector can take a number of steps, including meeting its ambitious carbon reduction targets, continuing to prioritize energy efficiency across networks and operations, migrating to networks. energy efficient and take advantage of new technologies such as 5G and large-scale cloud
London, October 1, 2021 –A new report commissioned by BT and developed by Accenture “Harnessing data for a sustainable future“found that the tech industry is poised to reduce its energy demand and global carbon emissions by up to 40% over the next decade, despite an eight-fold increase in data traffic by 2030.
Purchasing renewable electricity, setting and achieving science-based emission reduction targets and improving energy efficiency through new technologies such as 5G, fiber optic networks and cloud, could significantly reduce carbon emissions while limiting energy demand growth to just 1.3% compound annual growth (CAGR) over the next decade.
As the global tech sector makes strides in reducing its carbon footprint, the report found the UK to be one of the leading countries.
Investments and growth of renewable electricity on the UK grid; the closure of the old public switched telephone network (PSTN) by the end of 2025; and the migration of customers to all-fiber and 5G networks could see the sector’s carbon emissions in the UK decline by up to 68% over the next decade.
The report also found that these new technologies in the tech sector could also benefit four areas of the emissions-intensive economy: electricity and heat; Agriculture; manufacturing; and smart life, including transportation and buildings.
In total, by 2030, these technologies could generate an additional 8.5 gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in carbon savings, through savings in resources and materials, increased energy efficiency and improvements in the adoption of renewable energies. In the UK, these measures are expected to save up to 61 metric tonnes (Mt) of CO2e. For the global transport sector alone, up to 61% of global transport emissions could be saved through increased adoption of technologies and new uses.
To achieve these global carbon reductions, the report calls for more ambitious and far-reaching commitments and makes five key recommendations the tech sector needs to focus on over the next decade:
- Meet or exceed ambitious carbon emission reduction targets;
- Invest in networks and operations to continue improving energy efficiency;
- Removal of legacy technology where possible;
- Encourage and enable the adoption of new technologies; and
- Develop and deploy cross-sector use cases for large-scale carbon activation.
With a customer base of 30 million households and one million SMEs, BT is well positioned to help its customers reduce their emissions. The company estimates that the deployment of fiber-optic broadband to 25 million homes and businesses by December 2026, as well as the delivery of high-performance 5G solutions across the UK by 2028, will help underpin many of the innovative solutions needed to achieve a net zero carbon economy. .
Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer at BTnoted: “This report demonstrates the progress BT and the rest of the tech industry have made in reducing emissions and sets the record straight around the industry – the emissions it is responsible for and the savings it enables.
“We have been leading climate action for over 30 years and will continue to act on the findings of the report. We are already using 100% renewable electricity worldwide, we are building the next generation of full fixed fiber and 5G mobile networks across the UK, and we are phasing out existing networks where possible. All of this supports our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and become a net zero emissions company by 2030 for our own operations and 2040 for our supply chain and our customers’ emissions. “
Ahead of climate talks later this year, BT is calling on other companies to set their own ambitious net zero goals and engage with their customers, colleagues and suppliers on climate change and the difference they are making. can do.
A full version of “Harnessing data for a sustainable future” is available onlinehere.
Notes to Editors
- 1One zettabyte equals one sextillion bytes (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000), one billion terabytes, or one trillion gigabytes.Market intelligence companyIDCfound that Cisco compared a single zettabyte to 250 billion DVDs or 36 million years of HD video.
- 2According toNasaa gigaton is equivalent to one billion metric tons, 2.2 trillion pounds, or 10,000 fully loaded US aircraft carriers.Energy educationcompares one gigaton to 5.5 million blue whales; 3 million Boeing 747s; 2 million international space stations or 20,000 RMS Titanic ships.
- In September 2021, BT announced a new net zero target of 2030 for its own operational emissions and 2040 for its supply chain and customer emissions. The company previously planned to be net zero by 2045.
All data comes from publicly available data, BT data or work produced in association with Accenture. The research was cross-checked by subject matter advisers from both companies and validated against historical trends.
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