Telenor’s climate targets towards 2030
Cecilie: Hi Sharad! Can you tell me a bit more about what dtac is doing to reach Telenor’s 2030 climate ambitions?
Sharad: It starts by being the most efficient telco operator in Thailand – and the most advanced – particularly in network operations, which accounts for 94 per cent of dtac’s energy consumption. We’ve already been able to reduce our core network centres from six to two nationwide. And with the adoption of precision cooling, we achieved a 32 per cent reduction in energy consumption at the two centres. There is still a long way to go, but these early wins are proof that real-time monitoring using the Internet of Things can transform energy usage in Thailand. In fact, we’re also in the early stages of helping industrial partners in the logistics, banking, and energy sectors to develop energy efficient solutions.
dtac is also committed to zero landfill waste disposal by 2022. Although we have a consumer-facing engagement to collect e-waste in our shops, 80 percent of dtac’s e-waste is from network operations. The key here is to work closely with our e-waste disposal partners to ensure that our waste is properly processed. This has the potential to greatly reduce methane emissions, which are 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
The third area of exploration is renewable energy, which is particularly challenging. There’s a severe lack of renewable energy sources in Thailand, so dtac is conducting a pilot project on using solar panels at both core network centres as well as some cell sites. This won’t be enough to meet our targets, though, so we will also work with large industrial partners who have the scale to provide solutions nationwide.