Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - July 7, 2017
AT&T cuts energy intensity by 43%
AT&T announced that it achieved a 43% reduction in energy intensity since 2013 and cut its direct, or Scope 1, CO2-equivalent emissions by nearly 3% since 2008 in its end-of-year 2016 sustainability update.
The telecommunications company is targeting a 20% reduction of Scope 1 emissions by 2020 compared to its 2008 baseline. According to its sustainability update, the company’s main challenges in achieving this goal come from growth in its ground fleet and its expanded fuel cell capacity, both of which caused an increase in emissions in 2015.
The reduction in energy intensity by 43% contributes to the company’s 2020 target of a 60% reduction from the 2013 baseline.
AT&T also reported $101 million in annualized energy savings from 25,000 energy projects completed in 2016.
By 2025, AT&T aims to enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of its operations.
The sustainability report also identifies the company’s commitment to focus on the sustainability of its supply chain.
In 2016, it reached its 2017 goal of achieving an average score of 80% for its top suppliers on the Supplier Sustainability Scorecard, which covers policy breadth, rigorous goals, reporting transparency and supply chain governance.
AT&T’s Global Supply Chain held a conference in June 2016 to emphasize the company’s sustainability goals in order to incorporate its standards into its sourcing, as well as training sourcing managers on these sustainability goals. AT&T also annually reaches out to approximately 80% of its suppliers to gather and analyze data on their greenhouse gas emissions in order to track the sustainability of its supply chain.
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