With smart supply chains, smart parking systems in smart cities, smart solutions for buildings … the Internet of Things (IoT) can play a key role in efforts to combat climate change.
Over half (62 percent) of all IoT experts at Deutsche Telekom believe that the IoT holds great or even enormous potential to boost efforts to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
This was the result of a recent online survey conducted at Deutsche Telekom. A total of 722 IoT experts at Deutsche Telekom took part in the internal survey, which was entitled “Sustainable with IoT.”
The experts’ assessments are supported by a recent World Economic Forum study of more than 600 IoT applications, which found that 84 percent of all IoT solutions are either conducive or potentially conducive to sustainability. In the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the EU’s Member States have committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
More and more companies have been making climate and resources protection an important area of their company strategy. A total of 77 percent of the surveyed IoT experts expect IoT solutions to play an important role in companies’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.
What is more, customers are increasingly taking companies’ “greenness” into account in their purchase decisions: four out of five experts (80 percent) are convinced that companies will find sustainable IoT solutions to be a useful asset in gaining customers.
The surveyed experts also believe that IoT solutions could prove advantageous in efforts to attract investors. A full 69 percent of the experts forecast that, as time goes by, prospective investors will give more and more attention to companies’ use of IoT solutions.
Green logistics with IoT
IoT solutions’ potential to help reduce carbon footprints is particularly great in the logistics sector. The Internet of Things can help make supply chains and logistics processes more efficient. Deutsche Telekom’s IoT experts predict that in five years some 70 percent of all logistics companies in Germany will be managing their vehicle fleets, and monitoring their shipments, with the help of IoT solutions.
IoT-based smart facility management systems also hold great potential in the area of CO2-emissions reductions. Within five years, so the surveyed IoT experts, about 40 percent of all commercially used buildings in Germany will have smart building control systems – for control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting systems, and for digital measurement of consumption data.
Surfing in Deutsche Telekom’s “green” network
Deutsche Telekom’s efforts on behalf of climate protection go back to 1995. Today, Deutsche Telekom’s customers in Germany surf in a network that is completely “green.” In fact, the company now meets 100 percent of its energy requirements in Germany with renewable energies, and it expects its worldwide electricity consumption to be 100 percent renewables-based by 2021. Furthermore, it intends to cut its overall CO2 emissions by 90 percent, with respect to their level in 2017, by 2030.
Last year, Deutsche Telekom also introduced a “we care” label, with the aim of further enhancing transparency relative to sustainability. The Group uses the label for particularly sustainability-oriented products, services, and initiatives. It serves as a guide for customers who give priority to sustainability in their purchase decisions.