News | 11 Aug 2023

Vodafone scores high in EcoVadis ‘green’ league tables

The eco-claims assessment group has commended Vodafone’s plan for reducing its impact on the environment.

Vodafone’s sustainability plans have been highly rated by EcoVadis, a leading independent assessor of companies’ environmental claims. Vodafone scored 80/100 for its environmental and sustainable procurement plans, placing it in the top 1% of the companies assessed by EcoVadis.

The EcoVadis assessment was based on Vodafone’s science-based targets for reducing its environmental footprint, its efforts in securing renewable energy from multiple sources, the use of new technologies such as a self-powering mast, as well as the collection of accurate data on both its energy usage and the material waste generated by its operations.

Harvesting the wind | Vodafone's new 'self-powering' mast goes live

Vodafone switches on the UK’s first live ‘self-powering’ mobile phone mast in Egwlyswrw, Pembrokeshire. Feature a wind turbine, solar panels and rechargeable battery back-up, the technology could support the race to net zero and also help bring connectivity to ‘not-spots’ in remote and rural areas. Check out our full self-powering mast story here. Stay up-to-date … Continued

Vodafone’s efforts in sustainable procurement – from weighting for environmental factors when considering potential suppliers, to requiring them to have their own carbon reduction targets and reporting, also factored into the EcoVadis assessment.

Vodafone aims to reach net zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2027. While Vodafone already uses 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations, it aims to source more of it from within the country itself. By investing in home-grown sustainable energy, it is helping to secure the country’s long-term energy independence and security.

It is also now using more energy-efficient networking equipment in its data centres and at its mast sites, increasing its use of recycled materials and enabling its customers to reduce their own carbon footprints to combat climate change.

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