5G has the potential to help the world become more environmentally sustainable with technology that can reduce negative impacts caused by various sectors.
What this means: These new networks’ high speed and reliability can help lower greenhouse gas emissions, better manage electricity, reduce water consumption and contribute to green job growth.
Qualcomm’s 5G breakthrough technologies are expected to help industries such as manufacturing, farming and transportation cut back on their carbon emissions and improve their environmental sustainability.
Transportation could become smarter, safer, greener and faster with the adoption of 5G.
The background: Many governments are looking at the potential of 5G to lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing traffic jams, improving traffic control, ensuring cars are running efficiently and optimizing public transportation.
Why it’s important: Evidence shows that connecting vehicles to their surroundings — such as to other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians — could save anywhere from 15-20% in carbon emissions.
5G is also expected to help make smart farms more efficient and sustainable.
Why it’s important: The agriculture industry accounts for approximately 80% of water consumption in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sensors and monitoring devices paired with 5G help farmers remotely monitor and control their water usage effectively.
Smart factories powered by 5G and IoT have efficiencies built in.
5G’s sustainable influence can touch many in the value chain, including end users.
What Qualcomm is saying: 5G is going to be a game-changer in helping mitigate the effects of climate change.
The takeaway: Qualcomm is leading the expansion of 5G to meet these societal needs.