World Environment Day; Telenor contributes to a low-carbon society

Our technology and smart services have potential to cut global carbon emissions, reduce resource intensity, stimulate economic growth and deliver substantial social benefits. Telenor engages with the industry and partners to embrace these opportunities.

Written: Jun 2015

Our world today is facing serious environmental issues and constraints, having the potential to deeply impact our daily lives both in the short, and in the long-term. Extreme weather events and sea level rise caused by the climate change can displace millions of people from the coastal regions. Polluted air, land and water adversely impacts health and biodiversity.

jan_kristensen_110“On the World Environment Day, we should remind ourselves that many geographies are already running short on fresh water and this will only become more severe in times ahead. Producing energy from conventional sources is getting costlier economically, but also environmentally, and still many populations in remote areas do not have access to sufficient energy sources, says Jan Kristensen, director Group Sustainability

Telenor’s environmental efforts and activities

The mobile industry will experience continued growth in its total energy consumption and carbon footprint as mobile operators continue to increase their coverage, acquire more customers and develop more mobile broadband services due to market needs. These are some of the examples of Telenor’s environmental efforts and activities in 2014:

  • Telenor Group’s key focus is to improve the energy efficiency of its networks, as these represent around 80% of its total energy consumption.
  • In Asia, our operations in Pakistan and Bangladesh have started scaling up their transformation to solar energy. Though this still implies a substantial investment, the business case for the use of solar panels instead of diesel generators has improved as costs have fallen. ,
  • Close to 60% of our procurement processes with a contract value greater than USD 250,000 are coducted by using a specified set of sustainability criteria.
  • More than 120,000 meetings in Telenor’s global organisation were carried out by using video conferencing and virtual meeting solutions instead of actual travel.
  • Telenor strengthened its policy on waste management. All business units shall secure sustainable waste management. All electronic waste shall be reused, recycled or safely disposed of and all business units shall ensure that these processes are conducted according to internationally recognised standards and regulations.

Industry report to be launched next week

Together with the industry organisations, Telenor is updating insights and information on the ICT sector’s role in a low-carbon transition towards at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. Our ambition is to inform policymakers about mobilising ICT in their low-carbon strategies and to engage customers and users of ICT in order to change its pivotal role.

“Next week, an ICT industry report supported by Telenor will be launched with the key message that our industry towards year 2030 could abate almost 20% of the global carbon emissions and with a factor close to ten times our industry’s own direct emissions,” says Jan Kristensen.

Climate change opens up business opportunities for the mobile industry to enable carbon emission reductions in key sectors of the economy.

“Telenor is well positioned to further develop business opportunities related to “Internet of Things” – with innovative products and services for the electric power sector, transportation sector, manufacturing sector, service and consumer sector, agricultural sector and building sector,” says Kristensen.

External recognitions in 2014

External recognitions in 2014 confirm that Telenor is on the right track in its environment sustainability efforts.

  • Telenor Group is once again on CDP’s top ranking in climate change transparency and performance forthe global telecom sector. This achievement is a result of the efforts of all business units in the energy efficiency area.
  • Grameenphone was awarded the prestigious global Green Mobile Award by GSMA for its extensive Climate Change Programme.
  • Digi was ranked the top company in the national MYCarbon Awards 2014 for environmental reporting in Malaysia.

Facts about World Environment Day

World Environment Day is United Nations’ encouragement for a worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation, and without compromising the resource needs of future generations. We can do this by shifting our consumption patterns and production of goods that use less energy, water and other resources, and by wasting less food.