An enhanced 5G network could slash the carbon footprint of our traditional Christmas dinners by up to 20%. The energy saved would be the equivalent of powering every set of Christmas tree lights in London on Christmas Day (7.3 million Christmas trees).
Research by Vodafone reveals a surprising list of offenders when it comes to which vegetables are worst for the planet. Despite their reputation for gas, the modelling found Brussels sprouts aren’t the worst offenders, as they only account for an estimated 14% of the total greenhouse gases emitted, compared with potatoes (18%), carrots (18%) and peas (15%).1
The vegetables served in the UK as part of a traditional Christmas dinner on the big day are estimated to generate almost 14,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. This is according to the research by WPI Economics, and modelling by Development Economics, commissioned by Vodafone.
However, by using 5G-enabled technologies, farmers could drive huge efficiency savings – reducing the carbon emissions of our Christmas veggies by up to 20% – the equivalent to powering the Christmas tree lights in 7.3 million UK households on Christmas Day.2
5G can create efficiencies at the start of the supply chain when food and drink is being grown by the agriculture sector. For example, 5G-enabled drones and sensors enable real-time command and precise monitoring so farmers can manage their crops more efficiently, applying fertiliser and pesticides with more accuracy. In the final stage of food and drink production, 5G enables advancements such as Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technologies that interact with road infrastructure for more efficient journeys and less time spent idling, resulting in a reduction in emissions. All of these efficiencies are brought about by 5G and are environmental benefits that 80% of the UK population are unaware of.
This year, more than three–quarters (78%) of UK adults will enjoy a traditional Christmas Dinner, in groups on average of 4-5 people, according to a survey conducted by One Poll of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by Vodafone.