Cecilie: What is Telenor Norway doing to reach Telenor’s 2030 climate ambitions?
Petter-Børre: Telenor’s ambition for the Nordics is carbon-neutral business operations by 2030. In Telenor Norway we have prioritized to focus our efforts in three main areas.
Firstly, we focus on reducing our own emissions. We do this mostly by reducing energy use and securing production of renewable energy. Being climate conscious in our everyday decisions as a part of Telenor Norway is important to succeed with this.
Secondly, we target our indirect emissions through influencing our suppliers and partners to reduce their emissions. 84% of our emissions are related to goods and services we purchase. We have committed to and gotten our targets validated/approved by the Science Based Target initiative, which means it is our intention to over time procure our goods and services mainly by suppliers who have similar commitments. We have started to reach out to relevant suppliers and partners to share our knowledge and experience, and communicated our expectations on this. Over time we will increase our requirements through our procurement so that this weighs in more and more and this becomes a decisive factor for the suppliers we ultimately engage with. Telenor has the largest investments in infrastructure in all of Norway and as such we have tremendous clout when it comes to using our procurement “muscles” strategically. We therefore can and should be very conscious of how we procure our goods and services to ensure we invest in a greener future.
Thirdly, we can enable further emission reductions through innovative green technology. According to World Economic Forum “Digital technology can cut global emissions by 15%”. The services we provide are key to this green transformation and we work closely with both private and public sector today. Together we can make use of the opportunities AI, IoT and 5G provide for innovation and optimalisation in our use of resources, and a significant reduction in both local and global emissions.