Canadian report sees 5G as key to climate change fight

October 12, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Canadian report sees 5G as key to climate change fight
Report highlights the importance of investment in new wireless technologies, such as 5G, in reducing Canada's carbon footprint.

According to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and developed by Accenture, the fast and effective deployment of 5G wireless networks will play a key role in Canada achieving its climate change reduction commitments

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues confronting individuals and governments around the world. As a signatory to the 2015 Paris Agreement, Canada has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. In its recent Throne Speech, the federal government committed to exceed these targets. While the country is making progress, reaching even more rigorous targets set out in the Paris Agreement continues will be challenging.

The report finds that 5G will help Canada meet its reduction targets is by dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of Canada's wireless networks and enabling the creation and deployment of innovative technologies that will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in industries such as transportation, manufacturing, mining, forestry and critical building systems.

"This study reinforces just how significant the benefits of 5G will be for Canada," said Tejas Rao, Managing Director and Global 5G Lead for Accenture's Network Practice. "While we know from previous reports that 5G will foster much-needed economic growth and could create up to 250,000 new jobs in Canada, this study highlights the important role that 5G will have in fighting climate change by lowering carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and enhancing precision for monitoring the environment."

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