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Energy Consumption

05/30/2016 - 00:00 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;
  •  increasing the amount of energy from renewable sources;
  • 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 own energy efficiency by using an indicator that establishes a relationship between the service offered to the customer in terms of bits transmitted and the company’s impact on the environment represented by joules of energy consumed. The factors taken into consideration are the amounts of data and voice traffic of the fixed/ mobile networks and energy consumption for industrial purposes (transmission and climate control in exchanges), domestic purposes (electricity for office use, air conditioning and heating in the offices) and vehicles.

In 2015 the value of the indicator calculated for the Domestic BU was 4,707 bit/joule, up by around 33% compared to 2014 and by over 66% compared to 2013. The commitment continues with the establishment for 2016 of an objective of 5,300 bit/joule, an increase of + 12% on the figure for 2015.

Case study

Gas efficiency for heating offices

Read the interview

This is the story of a successful case, told to us by Eliana Tius, Project Manager at TIM.