Wireless is revolutionizing industries by providing businesses with eco-friendly wireless solutions such as e-billing, wireless fleet monitoring and smart grid technologies. Businesses are reducing their environmental footprint by adopting these sustainable business practices, which helps to preserve the environment for the health of our planet and for future generations.
Today at CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS™ 2011, we released a new report by BSR that found billions of dollars in energy savings can be achieved with wireless applications in four sectors: transportation, energy, agriculture and the public sector. “Wireless and the Environment: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges” details the environmental impact of wireless on business and how wireless data contributes to their bottom line through improved inventory management and forecasting and efficient use of labor, property, plant and equipment. In one example, trucking and logistics companies could cut their CO2 emissions by 36 million metric tons annually by implementing wireless-enabled fleet management solutions. That’s the equivalent of removing six million passenger vehicles from U.S. roads!
Here are some highlights from the report:
- Transport: Moving People and Goods — Wireless-enabled fleet management and telemetrics help trucking and logistics companies cut the number of empty or under-utilized trucks on the road. For instance, better fleet management through wireless technology could cut the amount of time that trucks idle, reducing fuel cost per truck by $3,600 and eliminating nine million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
- Utilities: Powering Our Future — Increasingly, wireless networks are serving as the nervous system of the U.S.’s smart electricity and water infrastructure, connecting users with generators (utilities) and distribution networks. Smart grids depend on information conveyed by wireless technology to enable timely action and promote lower energy use. If rolled out nationally, smart grids could eliminate 360 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of the emissions produced by 68 million passenger vehicles or the annual energy use of 30 million U.S. homes.
- Agriculture: Nourishing People — Wireless technology enables smarter agriculture practices by helping farmers understand natural forces, so they can adopt approaches that are more resourceful and thoughtful for the environment. For example, farmers are increasingly using precision agriculture to leverage newly-available data thanks to wireless technology so they achieve the right mix of land, fertilizers, pesticides and water to boost crop and livestock production. Wider application of precision agriculture could reduce water use by 11-50 percent.
- Public Sector: Providing Services — The public relies on government for an array of services — from emergency response to trash collection — that have direct environmental impacts. Wireless can help the public sector reduce its impact in a number of these services, with smart traffic applications as one of the most promising. By deploying these applications, urban planners could lessen the environmental impact of public infrastructure and public service delivery. If available on a wider scale, smart traffic applications could cut fuel consumption on urban roadways by as much as 20 percent nationwide.
The BSR report is the first in a CTIA-commissioned series. The second report, due early 2012, will cover the socio-economic impact of wireless technology in the developed and developing world. We’re looking forward to see the results!