Vodafone commits to net-zero by 2040

Vodafone will reach net zero by 2040, a decade ahead of its original 2050 target, and will aim to eliminate carbon emissions from its own activities, as well as from the energy it purchases, by 2030.

Vodafone also aims to halve its carbon emissions from joint ventures, supply chain purchases and business travel, as well as from the products it sells, by 2030. All of the new targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Vodafone is already on track to power its European network with 100 per cent renewable energy by July 2021, four years earlier than planned, and in the UK, Vodafone has cut its energy usage by 100GWh. Vodafone UK is also using the Internet of Things (IoT) to help scientists learn how effective trees are at absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Scott Petty, chief technology officer, Vodafone UK, said: “Climate change is by far the gravest challenge facing the world. It’s therefore crucial that every part of society, including businesses, step up to do their part in cutting carbon emissions. Vodafone has not only brought forward its ambitious targets to do so, but has concrete plans to achieve them. Our collective future deserves nothing less.”

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