Vodafone dials a quarter of its electricity use into renewables

The telecommunications giant has invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects across its business

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A total of 25.9% of Vodafone‘s electricity comes from renewables.

In its annual report it revealed the increase in the proportion of renewable electricity purchased has led to a 9% reduction of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The mobile operator has invested €77 million (£68m) in energy efficiency and renewable projects across its business, which has led to annual energy savings of 186GWh.

The total greenhouse (GHG) emissions avoided, as a consequence of its Internet of Things (IoT) services, was 6.9 million tonnes equivalent carbon dioxide, which is nearly four times the emissions generated from its operations.

To reach its plastic waste reduction goal, the firm recovered and recycled almost 85% of its 9,500 tonnes of waste and has replaced credit card-sized SIM holders with a new half-size format, reducing the amount of plastic used to produce SIMs by 50%.

Gerard Kleisterlee, Chairman of Vodafone Group said: “We believe that urgent and sustained action is required to address climate change and that business success should not come at a cost to the environment.”

The telecommunication giant has committed to halving its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and covering 100% of its electricity needs by renewable sources by 2025.