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June 17, 2010   
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The information technology (IT) sector, which is responsible for 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, plans to reduce its emissions by 15 percent by 2020. This is expected to be achieved through the introduction of modern energy-efficient information and communication technologies (ICT) and environmentally-friendly products.

Ericsson of Sweden is one of the world’s first companies to have imposed environmental protection requirements on its suppliers. Ericsson treats these requirements as no less important than those concerning quality and production capacity. The main requirement Ericsson has set its suppliers in terms of environmental protection is a ban on using materials on the company’s list of prohibited substances. Additionally, when choosing materials and solutions, Ericsson always takes into consideration their impact on the environment. When asked by the company, the supplier has to present a “life cycle assessment” for the product.

Life cycle assessment, also called cradle-to-grave analysis, is a scientific method that helps evaluate the consumption of energy by the product during its life cycle and thus assess its environmental impact. The method involves analysis at each stage of the product’s life cycle—from the moment the raw materials are extracted through the production process, transport and use to recycling.

Specialists agree that the use of modern energy-efficient information and communication technologies (ICT) may contribute greatly to reducing gas emissions. Thanks to these modern solutions, carbon dioxide emissions generated by Ericsson’s subsidiaries were reduced from 101,000 metric tons in 2008 to 75,000 tons in 2009. The drop in carbon dioxide emissions per employee reached 20 percent. Ericsson wants to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2014.

Ericsson and the Swedish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have announced a team-up to promote the proper use of telecommunications in order to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. With this goal in mind, Ericsson and the WWF work together to promote environment-friendly telecommunications and the idea of “climate-positive” campaigns targeted at businesses in the ICT sector. Ericsson estimates that the use of environmentally-friendly telecommunications solutions by the general public may result in a reduction of energy consumption 10 times bigger than the amount of energy needed to produce and deliver these solutions.

Another global IT company, Fujitsu, which has been committed to environmental protection for years, has announced the launch of the sixth stage of its Green Policy 2020 Environmental Protection Program beginning April 1. The objective of the program is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 15 million tons from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013. In order to achieve this goal, Fujitsu will increase the amount of products meeting the most stringent environmental protection standards to over 30 percent of all newly developed products. Fujitsu plans to upgrade its line of products with enhanced environmental efficiency in terms of energy and resource consumption.

Research by the Gartner company suggests that in 2010 more than 50 percent of printers, copy machines and MFP devices bought by businesses will be replaced to reduce their environmental impact. A growing number of producers are aware that environmentally friendly products and technologies represent our common responsibility for the environment.

El¿bieta Wrzecionkowska
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