Nokia Siemens Networks aims at net positive impact to the environment
Deployment of energy-efficient solutions in a large metropolitan city could equate to eliminating the emissions generated by 21,000 cars a year
Advanced wireless and wireline communication technology can play a significant role in creating a sustainable future - by reducing adverse environmental impacts while increasing opportunities for economic welfare and growth. The goal of Nokia Siemens Networks is to connect the world in a way that creates a net positive impact to the environment by maximizing the benefits telecommunications can bring to people and businesses, while minimizing the environmental footprint of its products and operations.
“We see a world where five billion people are connected by 2015 – and that is about two billion more than today,“ said Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, speaking about the company’s environmentally sustainable business approach in Beijing. “As the next two billion people gain access to the benefits of connectivity, the positive impact will be enormous. At the same time, we know that with this huge growth Nokia Siemens Networks must provide wireless and wireline connectivity that uses less and less energy, that has recyclable components and limited use of environmentally sensitive materials. From how we design our products to our work with suppliers, the management of our own operations and the services we offer for end-of-life recycling, Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to leading the telecommunications industry in environmental sustainability.”
The biggest environmental impact of the telecommunications industry comes from the energy consumption related to the use of its products. As the world’s leading communications solution provider, Nokia Siemens Networks has placed a strong emphasis on an environmentally sustainable business approach that consists of minimizing the environmental impact of its network solutions and services, with particular focus on energy consumption in the most power-hungry areas of the network. This approach provides substantial environmental benefits as well as reducing operating costs for network operators.
Improving the networks’ environmental performance and at the same time improving the network operators’ competitiveness, profitability and differentiation is achieved through low power consumption of products, intelligent network and site design, reduced size of products for more efficient transportation and installation, use of intelligent software, increased service life of the products and sophisticated take-back and recycling services.
The company applies product life-cycle thinking across its entire operations. Design for Environment (DfE) is a key first step that minimizes the environmental impact over the entire product life cycle, starting from materials management, and ending with take-back and recycling. Environmental requirements are extended by Nokia Siemens Networks to its suppliers, while the Environmental Management System (EMS) manages the environmental impact of Nokia Siemens Networks’ own activities. At the end of the product life cycle, take-back, reuse and recycling services for equipment ensure recovery of material and secure safe disposal of substances.
Separately, Nokia Siemens Networks today launched the Energy Efficiency solution, which enables up to 70 percent savings in energy consumption of a base station site. In a network with approximately 5000 base stations, serving a large metropolitan area, the annual energy saving would be the equivalent of 73 000 tons of CO2 emissions, the emissions generated annually by 21,000 cars.
In remote areas, where advanced infrastructure such as a power grid is not readily available, renewable power sources such as solar panels can be used as a power source for the equipment instead of diesel generators. Nokia Siemens Networks is increasingly installing sites that are run by renewable energy.
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