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Boost innovation for sustainability

We are committed to using our technology and connectivity expertise to drive the development of products and services that increase efficiency and create sustainability value.

Measuring our positive impact on the environment and society is not an easy task, but it is clear that our services enable solutions for a more sustainable society. The freedom to communicate by voice and data in real time brings countless opportunities to reduce negative impact on the environment. It enables customers to make better decisions, avoid unnecessary journeys and find more efficient ways to eat, sleep, work, learn and have fun. And millions of people are already using our services today.

Based on research by the Net Positive Consortium run by The Upright Project, Tele2 was rated as having a positive net impact ratio of 52%. This rating takes into account the positive contribution we makes through paying taxes, the creation and distribution of knowledge, and the positive effects of connecting people. The rating also measures the direct environmental impact of our operations.

We want to continue to improve our positive impact by boosting innovation to drive our sustainability agenda forward. As such, our long-term goal is:

“By 2025, Tele2 will use connectivity combined with innovative technology to create product and service offerings in partnerships that meet a growing demand from B2B and B2C customers, increase internal efficiencies, and create sustainability value.”

Sustainability innovation is an exciting area as both the sustainability and business value have potentially high value for Tele2 and our customers. Companies using innovative technology driven by data and digitalization, such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) increase both business and sustainability value. As this is still rapidly developing technology, many new applications of these technologies are expected in the coming years, in particular around complex systems such as trains, trucks, factories and security systems.

In the area of AI, we have been a leading participant and the only Swedish operator in the European research project AI4Green. This project identified AI applications that can increase the energy efficiency of mobile networks. For IoT, we have developed a framework for measuring sustainability impact which has enabled us to see positive social and environmental impacts from the implementation of IoT projects with our customers.

To continue to drive this agenda, our short-term goals are:

  • Map current activities to evaluate sustainability value
  • Propose new initiatives, which can include partnerships, for innovation in product and service offering.
  • Support smart apartment and smart building projects
  • Conduct sustainability impact measurement of IoT case studies

A more energy efficient network with 5G

We are well advanced in the rollout of our 5G network in the markets where we operate. 5G consumes significantly lower amounts of energy per unit of data transferred compared to 4G and is therefore a crucial technology for decreasing energy consumption and meeting the increasing demand for data. As more parts of society become connected, and networks become faster and more intelligent, using 5G networks, they will also become more energy efficient.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

This focus area aims towards the following UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 5 – Enhance research and upgrade industrial technologies
  • 11.6 – Reduce the environmental impact of cities