Background - 27 April, 2010

Summary 37/100

As the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia has produced efficient mobile devices, has reduced its operational greenhouse gas emissions and disclosed the emissions of its products’ lifecycle. Considering this leading work on climate change issues, it’s surprising to see Nokia lag behind on the Cool IT Leaderboard. Nokia is expanding its core business to include more cloud services, so the company needs to ensure that the expansion of data centers will be met with a commitment to drive more renewable energy into the electricity grid. Currently, it reports meeting 35% of its electricity needs with renewable energy and the company’s RECs are third-party certified. As Nokia grows in this direction, it should prioritize the direct purchase of renewable energy and more rigid mitigation strategies over buying certificates. The company also needs to step off of the sidelines and advocate for key climate and energy policies.


Climate Solutions


Current Savings Calculations


Nokia scores low for a lack of case studies on dedicated solutions, but receives some points for calculations of CO2 reduction through the use of mobile technologies.

Public Metrics


Nokia provides limited information on metrics and assumptions used to quantify the climate benefits of its mobile technologies.



While Nokia’s specific investments in solutions are unknown, the company gets a point here for trying to 18% but need to split this off into more specifics.

Future Savings Goal


No future savings goal.


Energy Impact


Reduction Target


Nokia has committed to reducing CO2 emissions by a minimum of 10% in 2009 and 18% in 2010, from a baseline year of 2006. The company needs to set a new short term target as move to 2011.



Nokia has set an environmental strategy to minimize its environmental footprint. The company already sources 35% of its electricity through renewable energy, though this is almost exclusively through renewable energy credits rather than direct investment in renewables.

Infrastructure Siting


Nokia does not have a policy for siting its infrastructure, though VP Mike Manos has clearly highlighted the need for Nokia, and the IT industry, to focus on carbon when siting data center infrastructure. More action is needed in this area from Nokia.

Supply Chain Footprint


Nokia reports and verifies its own GHG emissions, though not using GHG protocol. The company needs to engage and report on emissions from the top tier of its supply chain. All of company new models of phone chargers meet or exceed Energy Star requirements, and all except one of the currently available chargers exceed the requirements in no load mode by between 30 and 90%.


Political Advocacy




Nokia’s Vice President, Dr. Erkki Ormala, gave a keynote address on IT's role in stopping climate change, which referenced solutions, but failed to specifically or comprehensively address policy change.

Political Policy


Nokia’s highest scoring advocacy is a joint letter to President Obama requesting better consumer access to energy information. The company has done little to stand out from the rest of the sector in advocating for specific policy priorities.

Repetition Bonus


No applicable example of advocacy repetition.

Negative Lobby Penalty


No negative lobby scored.

Nokia's scores to date

Leaderboard Score
Version 1 16
Version 2 20
Version 3 22
Version 4 37