Telco roadmap to net-zero carbon emissions: Why, when and how

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Based on discussions with 40 service providers (SPs) this report explores the challenges, priorities, strategies and best practices they identified around reducing carbon emissions.


Format: PDF filePages: 23 pagesCharts: 10Author: Tilly GilbertPublication Date: September 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Table of Figures
  • Introduction
    • What do we mean by scope 1, 2 and 3?
    • Where are SPs in their sustainability journey?
    • How does this differ by region?
    • What’s covered in the rest of the report?
  • Procurement and sustainable supply chain
    • Scope 1, 2 and 3: Where are procurement teams focused
    • Current priorities
    • Regional nuances
    • Best and next practices
  • Networking
  • IT and facilities
  • Enterprise products and services
  • Key recommendations and conclusion

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: SPs have committed to net-zero but within different time frames
  • Figure 2: Key recommendations by stakeholder
  • Figure 3: This report is informed by interviews from SPs globally
  • Figure 4: SPs divide their carbon emissions into scope 1, 2 and 3 – scope 3 is by far the most significant
  • Figure 5: As SPs succeed in reducing their scope 1 and 2 emissions, scope 3 becomes the major focus
  • Figure 6: Some of the leading SPs have significantly reduced carbon emissions over the last 5 years – but they are not yet close to net-zero
  • Figure 7: Data capture and the circular economy were identified as key challenges
  • Figure 8: The largest SPs globally have all committed to net-zero carbon emissions – but will deliver in different timeframes
  • Figure 9: Regional differences between SPs often stem from variable market influences towards reduction of greenhouse gases
  • Figure 10: The report covers sustainability from the perspective of key stakeholders

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: BT, carbon emission, carbon footprint, CSR, greenhouse gas emissions, KPN, net zero, network, StarHub, Strategies, sustainability, telcos, TELUS, transformation