5G will play a key role in creating a greener economy, according to a new report published by mobile network O2.
5G is the generation of wireless technology, offering much faster internet connection at a greater capacity.
According to the report, which was conducted in partnership with IC&CO and Cenex, the application of 5G and the solutions it enables, such as smart grids and autonomous vehicles, could potentially save the UK 269 megatonnes of CO2 by 2035, this almost equivalent to England’s total emissions in 2018.
The utilities and home energy sector could see the greatest benefit, as up to 181 megatonnes of CO2 could be removed from the sector by 2035.
O2 is currently in the process of rolling out 5G networks across the UK, with 54 sites already live.
Mark Evans, CEO of O2 said: ‘Ultrafast connectivity can play a significant part in rebuilding Britain whilst helping to green the economy, and at O2 we are committed to playing our part.
‘Our ‘Greener connected future’ report sets out a vision for how connected solutions enabled by 4G and 5G could power a green revolution over the next decade and beyond.
‘If we invest now, there is a real opportunity for Britain to become a leading adopter of 5G and unleash the power of connected solutions to build a greener future for generations to come.’
Steve Martineau, high-level climate action champions lead atUNFCCC COP26, added: ‘There is no doubt that connectivity has helped us navigate the COVID-19 crisis, enabling us to work and socialise remotely, deliver remote healthcare and order food and supplies like never before.
‘This unplanned disruption has shown us that there are many things we can do, which were unthinkable just a few months ago. This report makes clear that connectivity has a major role to play in reducing carbon emissions and rebuilding Britain.’
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