Ericsson Canada has joined Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Net-Zero Challenge, an initiative that aims to encourage businesses operating in Canada to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

“As part of our commitment to advancing our climate action initiatives here in Canada and around the globe, we are thrilled to join the Government of Canada's Net-Zero Challenge,” said Jeanette Irekvist, President, Ericsson Canada. “As a technology leader with a strong foundation in research and development, we understand our climate impacts and the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Our climate commitment already extends throughout our value chain, committing to become net-zero by 2040, and we look forward to joining the momentum of this program.”

ICT Sector Commits to Reducing Emissions

5G networks are the technological backbone of society and represent an opportunity to digitalize industries and significantly reduce global CO2 emissions. Through energy efficient network solutions, Ericsson is acting as a key enabler in reducing emissions, for not only its industry, but the many energy-intensive industries that its customers operate in. While the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is responsible for only 1.4% of the global carbon footprint, it has the potential to enable a 15-20% reduction in emissions across industries by 2030 through connectivity solutions.

“We’ve received an incredible response from the private sector since the Net-Zero Challenge was launched in August 2022, with over 180 companies participating to date,” said the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “In committing to net-zero, leading companies like Ericsson are taking action now to help safeguard Canada’s environment for our children and grandchildren. Together, the participants of the Net-Zero Challenge are stimulating innovation, demonstrating corporate responsibility, and ensuring their long-term competitiveness in a decarbonizing global economy. I encourage all businesses with net-zero ambitions to join the Challenge!"

Collaboration Across Sectors

Through a rigorous and credible framework, the Net-Zero Challenge promotes net-zero planning that supports businesses to achieve their climate goals—including Ericsson Canada’s customers and partners. However, reaching net-zero can only be attained through collaboration across all sectors of the economy.

“We are already working with countless other extraordinary organizations across all sectors to continue to press ahead with the transformational change needed to meet our collective sustainability goals. We’re confident in the goals we have laid down and are committed to helping both our customers and Canada achieve notable success in this vital space,” Irekvist added.

This announcement reinforces Ericsson’s dedication to achieving net-zero emissions across the entire value chain by 2040  and supporting Canada's commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Ericsson is committed to supporting the deployment of smart, sustainable 5G networks that provide high performance with a lower carbon footprint.