Environmental Management – Ericsson

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Climate Change Mitigation

Climate change is one of today’s biggest challenges. To solve this challenge, we believe that industry must play a vital role. However, we also face increasing regulations and requirements related to reducing energy consumption and mitigating climate change. For example, many Ericsson customers have implemented climate neutrality requirements across their entire value chains, which means that all operations must be greenhouse gas emissions neutral.

In the Ericsson Code of Conduct for Business Partners, Ericsson states that all suppliers and other business partners must develop and implement plans to reduce their carbon footprint under the 1.5 degree scenario presented by the Paris of the UNFCCC. Meeting the 1.5 degree scenario means that we as businesses must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to what science deems sufficient to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial level.

The first step in being able to become better at reducing carbon emissions is to calculate your carbon footprint which includes all greenhouse gas emissions recalculated to carbon dioxide equivalent. [1] (CO2e), using Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards.

Ericsson requires all of its business partners to set targets to be able to meet the 1.5 degree scenario. So we need to set science-based targets. This can be supported by submitting company emission reduction targets to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to gain the necessary support.

When targets are set and formalized, you as a business need to develop plans and roadmaps to phase out all of your carbon emissions. Over the next few years, we will gradually increase our requirements related to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Guide to the objectives of the scientific bases:

  1. Measure and calculate your carbon footprint using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Emissions are then divided into: emissions from owned or controlled sources (scope 1), as well as indirect emissions from the production of purchased energy (scope 2), and if applicable your indirect emissions (scope 3).
  2. Decide on a baseline year at least 2 years back, where you measure your emissions reductions and progress.
  3. Decide on an absolute target going forward to at least halve your emissions within 10 years from your baseline year. This means an annual reduction of 7% of emissions. Your target can be officially registered under the Science Based Target initiative.
  4. Implement mitigation measures and plans to reach your target.
  5. For more advice and information on how sectors and companies can reduce their emissions, you are welcome on the exponential roadmap
  6. When targets are set and published, you as a business need to develop plans and roadmaps to phase out all your carbon emissions. We have set ourselves the goal of decarbonizing our supply chain, to become Net-Zero Carbon by 2030.
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