NetZeroNet (NZN): Measuring the 5G Carbon Footprint of Sustainable Networks

by | Jun 6, 2024

NetZeroNet (NZN): Measuring the 5G Carbon Footprint of Sustainable Networks

We are delighted to share exciting news. We have recently secured funding from the “Innovate UK Net Zero Living Digital” competition to support our ambitious NetZeroNet (NZN) project, focusing on measuring the carbon emissions of 5G networks. This project aims to quantify the 5G carbon footprint and the overall environmental impact of 5G telecommunications networks and services.

Cambium Partner With Liverpool 5G and Funded by Innovate UK to Develop NetZeroNet (NZN)

Cambium LLP are especially pleased to be partnering with Liverpool 5G Ltd in this endeavour. Building on our previous work, NZN will develop a framework, method, an analytical model and tools to support the sustainable development of 5G networks, ensuring we effectively measure and manage the carbon emissions of private 5G networks.

Rosemary Kay, Project Director of Liverpool 5G, commented:

“We are pleased to collaborate with Cambium LLP on this important project. By working together, we aim to quantify and highlight the net environmental impact of our networks. This will enable us to demonstrate that our state-of-the-art network-enabled services can support decarbonisation objectives and deliver truly sustainable value to our partners, users, and stakeholders.”


Leveraging Liverpool 5G’s experience in deploying 5G networks to deliver innovative high-value services, our goal for this project is to create assets that will help the telecommunications sector contribute positively to the development of a net-zero economy by focusing on 5G sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of private 5G networks.

Measuring Carbon Emissions of 5G Networks

While 5G networks can aid decarbonisation across the economy, they also use energy and produce emissions. It’s necessary to measure and manage these environmental impacts, particularly the carbon emissions of 5G networks, to ensure that the overall effect is beneficial.  NZN will focus on modelling ‘use-phase carbon emissions’ for a well-defined network configuration, providing a foundation for activities aimed at minimising the carbon footprint of telecommunications infrastructure.

As data handling networks and IT systems grow, so will energy consumption and associated emissions. However, innovation within the network or at its edge has the potential to reduce these impacts. NZN will address the increasing need to profile both the energy costs and related carbon emissions of 5G networks, ensuring a focus on 5G sustainability.

About Liverpool 5G

As part of the DCMS-funded 5G Testbed and Trials programme, Liverpool 5G established a 5G Stand Alone network at street level in Liverpool for delivering public services. With a track record of six years, we have collaborated with public, private, and third-sector partners to enhance the delivery of public services and improve digital inclusion through innovative use of 5G networks. Our aim is to maximise economic and social benefits for all.

Seeking Input from 5G Network Providers and Suppliers

We are keen to share more information on NetZeroNet (NZN) and the value it is expected to offer 5G network and network services providers, equipment manufacturers, and designers.  We would be pleased to hear your views on the importance of measuring the energy consumption, associated carbon emissions and the environmental impact of 5G networks.

To learn more about NetZeroNet (NZN) or to set up an exploratory discussion, please email us at or use the button below to book a call.

We are excited about the future of this project and look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.  To stay ahead of these developments, please sign up for our newsletter – “Growth Rings” below.

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