Advancing sustainability through network automation

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Operators who neglect sustainability throughout their network automation journeys may miss out on synergistic energy saving opportunities. We explore five automation applications that reduce emissions and outline how operators can maximise sustainability outcomes in their network automation journeys.


Format: PDF filePages: 19 pagesAuthor: Miriam SabapathyPublication Date: March 2024

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Operators must create stronger linkages between sustainability and automation
  • Introduction
  • Mapping the sustainable impact of automation
    • We have explored five key automation applications that will deliver sustainability benefits
    • Using automation to reduce energy intensity of the network will drive significant Scope 2 savings for operators
    • Dynamic inventory management drives more sustainable decision making and network optimisation
    • Convergence enables more efficient resource sharing and minimises Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions
    • Optimising service operations minimises field interventions and reduces Scope 1 emissions
  • Recommendations for operators: Creating stronger linkages between sustainability and automation
  • A message from our sponsor
    • About Blue Planet

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: We have explored five key automation applications that will deliver sustainability benefits.
  • Figure 2: Operators’ approaches to automation and sustainability vary significantly.
  • Figure 3: Impact of automation applications on operators’ carbon emissions.
  • Figure 4: A typical Tier 1 operator could save 49,000 tCO2 annually from AI/ML-enabled power saving features.
  • Figure 5: Estimated emissions savings from decommissioning and redeploying unused devices.
  • Figure 6: Estimated annual reduction in CO2 emissions (for one SP) from field interventions.
  • Figure 7: Integrating a shadow carbon price accounts for sustainability in TCO calculations.


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: AI, automation, cloud-native, CO2, Convergence, dynamic inventory management, ML, OEM, open RAN, Passive Optical Network, Predictive fault analysis, RAN, resource sharing, scope 1, scope 2, scope 3, sustainability, TCO, traffic routing, Virtualisation, Vodafone, vRAN