Nokia was the first telecoms vendor to commit to Science Based Targets (SBT) in 2017 based on the Paris Agreement. Our current targets are on track with the aim to reduce by 75% our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions caused by the use of our sold products in our customers networks. Emissions from our products in use in customer networks are by far the greater part of our carbon footprint.

Furthermore, we also aim to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our own operations by 41%. Our current science-based targets are set for 2030 (baseline 2014). We submitted our new recalibrated targets in line with our commitment in September 2019 to the 1.5°C warming scenario. We expect to have the new targets accepted by SBT Initiative in early 2021.

Lighthouse initiative

Nokia Digital Deployment Services – Beyond speed, quality and cost efficiency, the new requirement for network rollout is sustainability. Deployment of robust, reliable networks is more critical than ever, and it is now possible to reduce the emissions and environmental impact of those deployments.

Digitalisation of network rollouts and builds enables the conversion of regular site inspections to remote site surveys through drones or video platforms, allowing also remote issue resolution. AI and virtual reality collaboration tools mean multiple teams and individuals no longer need to travel back and forth for site inspections, and engineers can remotely provide expertise and management support. Imagine removing on average 10km drives to and from hundreds of thousands of sites – and the emission reductions potential is clear. This same digitalisation through 5G is enabling other industries to achieve greater emission reductions.