Ericsson at “The Road to COP28” - Unveiling our latest digitization initiative

Digitalization is one of the cornerstones of our sustainability agenda at Ericsson. We know the potential that it has for both emissions reduction and energy efficiency.
In order to communicate its value to a wider audience, be they customers or stakeholders, we need clear and decisive demonstrations of its capabilities through real life digitization projects. At Climate Week NYC, we highlighted such a project in the building sector.
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Buildings - Where 40% of global energy consumption occurs

Taking to the stage at New York Climate Week during the We Don’t Have Time “Road To COP28” broadcast, we shared how even something that seems as incapable of being digitized as buildings can harness its power to become more energy efficient.
Buildings have long been on the radar of organizations such as the International Energy Agency and the Science Based Targets Initiative, as they contribute (both in their construction and their ongoing operations) to “40% of all the energy in the world”, as Mats Pellbäck Scharp pointed out while on stage.
“All the discussion on buildings has, to date, been on retro-fitting, changing the heating system, insulation, double glazing, and so on”, he further added, which while absolutely beneficial, doesn’t allow businesses to harness the power of data and smart, digitized systems to track, capture, analyze and reduce their energy consumption.
The results have been self-evident, as businesses that we have partnered with on digitization initiatives have been able to reduce their energy consumption by as much as 6%, which, if scaled to account for all buildings, could yield as much as a 2-3% reduction in overall energy usage globally.

The Kiona-Ericsson Partnership

Joining Mats onstage was Viktor Vitell, Chief Marketing Officer at Kiona, a business that offers a platform for other businesses to seamlessly integrate their technology solutions and harness their own data.
With over 55 000 buildings connected to their platform and many of them connected through the cellular network, Kiona was contacted by Ericsson to see if we could put their technology “to the test”.
We picked two of the most sustainable energy producers in the world, Sweden and Finland, who also have a very high energy efficiency in their residential buildings. On top of that the Co2-cost of running the service, including Ericsson’s infrastructure, was added to the calculation. The study showed that the Kiona Edge AI solution was able to lower Co2-emissions from buildings by 6-7% in these markets.
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“The way we do it is by using sensors to measure indoor temperature and sensors to measure outdoor temperatures, then use AI in combination with millions of other data points to calculate how much heat is needed in the building.” explained Viktor.
This goes above the capabilities of retrofitting, double glazing, and other heat-loss mitigation solutions, as it directly curbs the output of energy required for a building to stay at an appropriate temperature.
It is also scalable, affordable, and easy to manage as Viktor pointed out:
“[Firstly], it shouldn’t be a big financing decision [for a business] to go with a solution like this. The second thing is it needs to be scalable… to roll out… But if you want to build a long-term offering, it needs to be sustainable, and that’s what we’ve been able to provide.”
If you would like to understand more about this case-study, you will find more information here.

Putting these solutions into play at scale

Alongside Ericsson and Kiona was a representative from the European Commission, Maciej Kowalczyk, from the EU’s Directorate Climate Action, who are seriously looking into digital technologies as “enablers” of emissions reductions for their significant milestone of generating a 55% reduction in emissions by 2050.
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In regards to energy efficiency in particular, they are looking to reduce the consumption of buildings throughout the EU by 11%, which is halfway achieved alone through these digital solutions offered by both Ericsson and Kiona, “as digital can fill a lot of gaps in the solutions for energy efficiency.”
This is a fantastic stamp of approval for the efficacy of these solutions and their utilization through smart partnerships, and we are looking forward to scaling up our digitization efforts now and into the future as the proof of concept for them has been demonstrated.
Watch Ericsson on stage with Kiona, Skanska, and the EU commission below:

  • Tabitha Kimani

    34 w

    Data helps us to be sure that we are doing the right thing and whether our actions are paying off.

    • Esther Wanjiku

      36 w

      The way to go is through tech

      • Peter Kamau

        36 w

        Having all climate efforts being digitalized is very key

        • Grace Njeri

          36 w

          A significant way to reduce global emissions in various sectors.

          • Ann Nyambura

            36 w

            It's encouraging to see companies like Ericsson embracing sustainability through digitalization.

            • Munene Mugambi

              37 w

              By digitisation we can make a big impact on climate and many other aspects of our lives through effective technological advancements

              • johnte ndeto

                37 w

                Going digital will have so much positive impact on climate

                • Edwin wangombe

                  37 w

                  the efforts of fighting climate change boosted by digitalization will make a huge .. keep up Ericsson

                  • dickson mutai

                    37 w

                    Ericsson's pioneering digitization initiative in the building sector showcases its potential to revolutionize energy efficiency, with a remarkable reduction in CO2 emissions achieved through the Kiona partnership ... we all appreciate these kind of efforts

                    • Videlis Eddie

                      37 w

                      digitalization is key in the fight against climate change. Kudos to Ericsson for spear heading this

                      • Rashid Kamau

                        37 w

                        Digitalization has the potential to help the fight against climate change.

                        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                          37 w

                          Ericsson's commitment to digitalization as a key pillar of its sustainability agenda is a significant step toward addressing climate change. Their real-life digitization projects, highlighted at Climate Week NYC, illustrate how even seemingly non-digital sectors like buildings can harness the power of data and smart systems to enhance energy efficiency. By partnering with businesses like Kiona, Ericsson demonstrates that such initiatives can reduce energy consumption by up to 6%, potentially leading to a 2-3% global reduction in overall energy usage. The support from the European Commission further underscores the importance of digital solutions in achieving emissions reduction goals. This collaborative approach sets a promising example for the future of climate action

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