Vodafone Group has announced that it will cut its CO2 emission by 50 percent by the year 2020 through increased energy efficiency and increasing the amount of renewable energy the company uses.
Solar-powered phone chargers for Vodafone-branded handsets that are already available in some countries will help customers to limit their own emissions, said Vodafone Chief Executive Arun Sarin.
Vodafone said that while they produced 1.23 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions during between 2006 and 2007 – an increase of six percent over the previous financial year – a number of their companies have been using solar power, wind power and fuel cells to reduce their climate change impact.
“Taking early action on reducing carbon emissions offers major opportunities for business as it brings reduction in costs and boosts overall reputation,” said Tom Delay, Chief Executive of The Carbon Trust, a company set up by the British government that works with organizations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.
In 2007 Vodafone challenged suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of its network equipment and achieved a 25 percent improvement.