Nokia makes new commitments to reduce its environmental footprintZDNet - Nokia makes new commitments to reduce its environmental footprintZDNet

Like other major telecom players, Nokia has just made a commitment to make more efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. The Scandinavian manufacturer announced on Thursday the launch of a major plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of its own sites and products in use by 2030.

After making the first commitments in this direction in 2017, the Finnish equipment manufacturer indicated that it had already achieved 91% of the changes planned at the time, noting that this is progress made with “11 years ahead of the targets” . The new targets covered by Nokia’s plan now cover 100% of its product portfolio.

“We have been at the forefront of reducing emissions from our own development and production sites. But climate change is a race against time. These new, stricter, science-based goals mean we’ll go further and faster in reducing our carbon footprint, and ensuring that sustainability is at the heart of the design of our products and the smart solutions we create. Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark said.

Towards a greener 6G?

And to cite as an example various innovations accomplished by the company to reduce its environmental footprint, such as the development of liquid-cooled 5G base stations capable of reducing the energy consumption of the cooling system by 90% and CO2 emissions. of its radio equipment by 80%. Or to praise the merits of using a cloud-based artificial intelligence, capable of reducing energy consumption by 20% by turning off part of the radio network when traffic levels are low.

Nokia is as such a good student in the world of new technologies. But the Finnish manufacturer’s commitment could constitute a stumbling block for the entire sector, because of the central role that the company should play in the definition of 6G. The European Union indeed launched the Hexa-X project at the end of last year, which should enable it to bring out new use cases for 6G. Funded by the EU under its Horizon 2020 investment program, this project will start on 1er January 2021. It is planned to last two and a half years, before the submission of the first conclusions.

Responsibility for the project has been entrusted to Nokia, which will take on the role of coordinator of a consortium bringing together big names in European and international technology. These include the operators Orange or Telefonica, but also Intel, Atos and Siemens. On the academic side, the universities of Oulu (in Finland) and Pisa (in Italy) will also be part of the adventure.

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