Press Release | 17 Aug 2023

Vodafone reduces operational carbon emissions by 92% in three years

Vodafone UK has released its annual Carbon Reduction Plan for its UK operations, with the report highlighting a successful period with the company vastly reducing its impact on the environment.

In the three-year period between March 2020 and March 2023, Vodafone reduced the carbon emissions from its own operations by 92%.

Known as Scope 1 and Scope 2, these two categories encompass the carbon emissions from operations Vodafone directly control, such as the energy to power the network and the vehicles engineers use to visit mobile sites.

Since March 2020, the amount of emissions created by Vodafone in the UK annually has been reduced by 86,360 tonnes of CO2e, to only 7,154 tonnes a year.

The main way this has been achieved is through various different programmes to ensure 100% of all electricity consumption is generated via renewable sources. This was first achieved in July 2021.

Vodafone has accomplished this through partnerships with energy companies – such as Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) certificates – as well as longer term investments in solar and wind farms in various UK locations.

Vodafone adopts tech to drive energy efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions

On-site solar panels help power a network site in Gloucester, while Vodafone uses other behind-the-scenes tech to make its network even more energy efficient.

In April, Vodafone announced it had installed 720 solar panels at a Mobile Telephone Exchange in Gloucester. The panels will produce around 240,000 kWh of renewable electricity a year, supplying around 12% of the site’s annual energy requirement. This reduces the reliance on the national grid, creating an on-site source of energy.

Other initiatives during the period include the installation of a self-powering mobile phone mast in Wales, agreements with electricity companies to part-fund the construction of new solar farms and progress towards creating an all-electric fleet of vehicles for engineers to use while keeping the network running smoothly.

How Centrica's new solar farm will help power Vodafone's net zero ambitions

On a sunny day in June, Vodafone UK News headed to Centrica’s new solar farm in Codford, Wiltshire, to see first-hand how such sites are helping Vodafone reach net zero carbon emissions for its UK operations by 2027.  

The final area is Scope 3, a measure of the emissions that are generated through a company’s supply chain. Although Vodafone does not have direct control over these emissions, it has invested in enhanced ESG reporting capabilities to improve the quality of data to better address the challenge.

Initiatives to help Vodafone’s supply chain work towards a cleaner future include requirements for key suppliers to set a 1.5°C science-based carbon target and to report on environmental performance to CDP, a non-profit that helps companies, cities, states, regions and public authorities disclose their environmental impact.

How Vodafone's suppliers are going green, too

To minimise their impact on the environment while working towards net zero, Vodafone and its suppliers are revamping every part of their operations, from engineering waste to IT operations.

Vodafone has also introduced a 20% weighting for environmental and social criteria in our supplier evaluation RFQ processes.

Read the Vodafone UK Carbon Reduction Plan report in full.

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About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester and now have 5G in locations across Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain as well as the UK. Meanwhile, our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. Vodafone is the largest provider of full fibre in the UK – our superfast broadband services are now available to nearly 12 million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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