Ángel Vila, COO of Telefonica recently announced the company’s new targets to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, commitments that will help limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5º C and allow the company to be carbon neutral by 2050.
These new five targets have been set following Telefónica’s overcoming of the challenges set for 2020 in terms of energy efficiency, renewable electricity and CO2 emissions two years ahead of schedule. The new targets are:
- Reduce our energy consumption per unit of data traffic by 85% in 2025.
- Reach 85% of renewable electricity consumption in 2025 and 100% in 2030.
- Halve its emissions in 2025, reduce them by 70% in 2030 and become carbon neutral, meaning zero-net emissions, in 2050.
- Reduce 30% the emissions per euro purchased of our supply chain by 2025. And avoid, through our products and services, 10 tons of CO2 for every ton we produce by 2025.
Telefónica claims that it is the greenest telecommunications network on the market, thanks to the migration from copper to optical fibre, with the closure of one copper plant a day and the recycling of all its material as part of its commitment to the circular economy.
In an increasingly connected world, digitisation is an excellent lever for accelerating many of the changes required to halt climate change. Fibre and 5G will allow for double the speed and capacity of the network each year, reducing energy consumption as a result of efficiency and renewable energies, says the Company.
In addition, Telefónica is already working with its suppliers on a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions in its supply chain per Euro purchased in 2025 compared to 2016, as they are its key allies when it comes to reducing its carbon footprint and boosting the circular economy.