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03/29/2018 - 04:00 PM

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The impact of energy use on the environment is twofold:  the production of energy by burning fossil fuels is causing depletion of natural resources such as coal, oil and gas, and generates emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and other pollutants. In order to reduce the impact to a minimum, Telecom Italia puts in place a number of initiatives aiming at:

  • reducing its own energy consumption in spite of the increasing demand for services from our customers, that would instead require more energy to be used to operate the telecommunications infrastructure;
  • developing and adopting new and advanced technological solutions that would enable the reduction of the energy consumption of networks and business processes, as well as of the products that are made available to our customers.

Eco-efficiency indicator

The Group measures its energy efficiency by using an eco-efficiency indicator that establishes a relationship between the service offered to the customer (bits transmitted) and the company’s impact on the environment (joules of energy consumed). The factors taken into consideration are the amounts of data and voice traffic of the fixed and mobile networks, and energy consumption for industrial purposes (transmission and climate control in exchanges), domestic purposes (electricity for office use, air conditioning and office heating) and vehicles.In 2017 the value of the indicator calculated for the Domestic BU was 9,022 bit/joule, up by 38% compared to 2016 and by 91% compared to 2015. The commitment continues with the established for 2018 of an objective of 12.000 bit/Joule, an increase of +33% on the figure for 2017 (see 2018 Objectives in the Appendix).

The eco-efficiency index calculated for Brazil continues to improve: in 2017 it grew by around 8.8% compared to 2016 and by over 16% compared to 2015.  This is the result of a substantial increase in data traffic, which, thanks to the efficiency of the network, has not led to a corresponding increase in electricity consumption.

The values of the indicators calculated respectively for Italy and Brazil are not directly comparable because the two organisations are very different in operational and environmental terms: e.g. in Brazil the traffic is primarily mobile and, as previously mentioned, no heating fuels are used in view of the particular climate conditions. 

 

Case study

Gas efficiency for heating offices

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