How 5G Technology Helps Fight Climate Change

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 05, 2021

It will alter the way we live and work, leading to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Fremont  CA: Climate change is becoming one of the most pressing issues affecting communities and economies worldwide. The consequences get projected to create significant disruption and suffering, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projecting that 1.5°C of warming may cause sea levels to increase 0.4 meters by 2100, potentially exposing up to 69 million people to floods.

Current global emissions objectives will only get met if breakthrough technologies are accelerated, allowing companies to pivot their organizations toward sustainable operations. Digital technology may be the most potent and scalable instrument available to combat climate change, and 5G is at the vanguard of this endeavor.

Wireless network operators have already taken various efforts to reduce emissions, including decreasing energy usage, upgrading to more efficient network equipment, and sourcing renewable energy. However, countering the increase in data quantities through mobile networks would need more than just network upgrades.

The significance of 5G in combating the consequences of climate change is threefold: 5G, with its far improved energy efficiency, will cut greenhouse gases, reduce emissions from other industries, and enable more accurate monitoring of our environment to help achieve larger climate change goals.

• Fast and effective deployment of 5G creates more efficient wireless networks

5G promises significant improvements over existing wireless technologies in terms of latency, throughput, and device connection; as a result, data consumption per device and expectations are device number will grow. Despite rising demand, 5G enables network operators to be more energy-efficient per unit of output.

Technologies like network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and network slicing will provide operators greater control over their networks, allowing them to monitor energy usage and scale up or down to meet demand.

• 5G enables high-emitting industries to lessen their emissions 

The improvements in latency and bandwidth provided by 5G, along with new technical functionalities such as mobile edge computing (MEC), will enable new use cases that will result in considerable reductions in emissions from most industrial verticals.

5G is unique in that it may act as a platform for other disruptive technologies such as XR, IoT, and AI. The use of these technologies in many industries may considerably cut energy consumption and assist in advancing climate-saving measures, such as reducing the need for travel through remote working.