Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions — comprising hardware, software and broadband and wireless technologies — can enable people and businesses to make more energy-efficient choices and reduce environmental impacts and costs by:
- Moving work to people rather than people to work
- Connecting rather than traveling
- Managing business remotely and in real time
- Improving transportation and distribution systems
- Connecting people to the “knowledge economy” through e-learning, e-health, business, and agricultural initiatives
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative's (GeSI) SMARTer2030 report finds that the increased use of ICT can enable a 20 percent reduction of global CO2 emissions by 2030, holding emissions at 2015 levels, and an avoidance of 12.08 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) of GHG emissions. This translates into a benefit 9.7 times higher than ICT’s own footprint in the same period. ICT also has the potential to generate over $11 trillion in economic benefits by 2030. ICT will connect 2.5 billion extra people to the “knowledge economy” by 2030, giving 1.6 billion more people access to healthcare and half a billion more people access to e-learning tools.
Digital Life is an all-IP wireless home automation and security system that allows customers to manage their home by performing tasks such as remotely monitoring and controlling lighting and thermostat controls, smoke detectors and water sensors from multiple devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. In addition to helping customers secure their homes, Digital Life enables our customers to operate more sustainably by helping homeowners better manage utilities, lowering environmental impact and costs.
Unified Communications (UC) and Collaboration can boost productivity and accelerate business processes while supporting sustainability goals and initiatives. The AT&T Unified Communications portfolio offers an array of solutions, including audio, web, and pervasive video conferencing, all available via one dashboard that hosts multiple collaboration solutions. By improving your organization’s ability to have productive remote and flex workers, AT&T UC Services can help reduce the need for both local commuting and fixed office space, and their associated environmental costs and impacts.
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Part of the AT&T UC portfolio, AT&T Telepresence Solution® is a high-definition videoconferencing service that provides a virtual, face-to-face meeting experience without the expense and productivity drains of travel. Telepresence allows users to meet with people across the globe as though everyone were in the same room. An AT&T-sponsored study by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Verdantix found that by 2020, U.S. businesses with revenues of more than $1 billion can collectively achieve financial benefits of almost $15 billion and reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 4.6 million metric tons by substituting telepresence for some business travel.
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At its simplest, cloud computing is remotely accessible computing power where customers can keep data or applications. Using the cloud removes the need to store anything on hardware devices. AT&T again worked with CDP to release a study, Cloud Computing: The IT Solution for the 21st Century, conducted by an independent analyst research firm, Verdantix. It found that by 2020, large U.S. companies that use cloud computing can achieve annual energy savings of $12.3 billion and annual carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil. That’s enough to power 5.7 million cars for one year.
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Machine to Machine Technologies
AT&T worked with Carbon War Room to produce a report that proposes strategies for the M2M technologies industry to transform key sectors and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nine billion tons.
Machine to Machine (M2M) communication — whereby sensors and networks allow all the parts of a physical system to communicate directly with each other — will radically change the way we work, live and travel. M2M will allow us to do more with less, but only if the industry can overcome current market barriers. The report identifies the challenges that threaten the industry from reaching its full potential and offers solutions for overcoming them.
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