Environmental footprint – Performance data

All 2009/10 data excludes our new markets of Ghana, india, Qatar and South Africa unless otherwise stated.

Data on this page

  1. Business travel
  2. Resource use
  3. Managing electronic waste
  4. Environmental compliance
  5. Energy use
  6. Minimising our carbon footprint
  7. CO2 emissions reporting
  8. Local market carbon conversion factors

Business travel

Distance flown on business flights

Distance flown on business flights
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Distance flown on business flights (thousand km) 174,986 234,803 269,364

Number of video-conferencing units available

Number of video-conferencing units available
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Number of video-conferencing units available 1,139 1,237 1,569

Resource use

Paper purchased with a recycled content greater than 70%

Paper purchased with a recycled content greater than 70%
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Paper purchased with a recycled content greater than 70% (%) 15 30 94

Total volume of water used

Total volume of water used
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Total volume of water used (million litres) 990 1,220 1,638

Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP)

Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP)
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Total Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) of refrigerants and fire suppressants replenished during the year (kg CFC-11 equivalent)1 616 511 625

Notes:

  1. Data is not available for India, Qatar and South Africa.

Office paper recycled

Office paper recycled
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Office paper recycled (tonnes) 1,919 1,836 1,501

Managing electronic waste

Phones collected for reuse and recycling

Phones collected for reuse and recycling
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Phones collected for reuse and recycling (millions) 1.33 1.23 1.37

Number of markets where mobile phone recycling programmes are available

  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Number of markets where mobile phone recycling programmes are available 15 17 17

Network equipment waste generated

Network equipment waste generated
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Network equipment waste generated (tonnes) 5,870 7,4732 14,5321

Notes:

  1. The network waste data for India and Egypt are based on receipts from authorised waste contractors which only include large consignments of waste.
  2. Data does not include Ghana, and data from India includes network batteries only.

Network equipment waste sent for reuse and recycling

  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Network equipment waste sent for reuse and recycling (%) 98 99 98

Environmental compliance

Amount of fines for environmental regulation breaches

  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Amount of fines for environmental regulation breaches (£) 89,418 83,130 80,225

Energy use

Data for Qatar for 2011/12 is estimated based on an extrapolation of data from 2010/11 aligned with network growth for 2011/12.

Total energy consumption

Total energy consumption
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Total energy consumption (GWh) 3,278 4,117 4,454
of which, energy sourced from renewables (%) 23 19 18
of which, new markets (Ghana, India, Qatar and South Africa) (%) n/a 20 23

Total network energy use by source

  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Total network energy use by source (GWh) 2,898 3,599 3,946
Grid 2,151 2,665 2,957
Grid renewable 651 665 730
Local market owned renewable (microrenewable) 2 3 3
Diesel 83 258 247
Other 11 8 8

Minimising our carbon footprint

Data for Qatar for 2011/12 is estimated based on an extrapolation of data from 2010/11 aligned with network growth for 2011/2012.

Net CO2e emissions (all sources)1

Net CO2e emissions (all sources)
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Net CO2e emissions (all sources) (millions of tonnes)1 1.37 2.14 2.27
of which, new markets (Ghana, India, Qatar and South Africa) n/a 0.76 0.902

Notes:

  1. Net CO2e emissions includes emissions from business flights, and green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.
  2. Figure does not include business flights data from Qatar or refrigerants and fire suppressants data from India.

Gross CO2 emissions1

Gross CO2 emissions
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Gross CO2 emissions1 1.54 2.29 2.59
of which, net Group total CO2 emissions (millions of tonnes) 1.20 1.96 2.20
of which, CO2 emissions from green tariff energy (millions of tonnes)2 0.33 0.33 0.39

Notes:

  1. Gross CO2 emissions exclude Scope 3 emissions, and green tariff energy is included with emissions being calculated using the conversion rate for normal grid electricity.
  2. Green energy purchased from the grid (‘green tariff’) is rated as having zero carbon emissions when the net CO2 emissions figure is being considered. However, we also report this energy as producing carbon emissions at the prevailing national grid rate (i.e. gross CO2 emissions) due to the external uncertainty about carbon accounting for green tariff energy. Please see notes 2-4 to the CO2 emissions reporting table (below) for further information on how we report gross and net CO2.

Net CO2 emissions (all sources)1

Net CO2 emissions (all sources)
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Net CO2 emissions (all sources) (millions of tonnes)1 1.21 1.96 2.20
of which, new markets (Ghana, India, Qatar and South Africa) n/a 0.74 0.89

Notes:

  1. Net CO2 emissions exclude Scope 3 emissions, and green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.

Net CO2 emissions (mature markets)

Net CO2 emissions (mature markets)
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Net CO2 emissions (mature markets) (millions of tonnes) 0.94 0.94 1.00

Net CO2 emissions (emerging markets)

Net CO2 emissions (emerging markets)
  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Net CO2 emissions (emerging markets) (millions of tonnes) 0.26 1.02 1.20
of which, new markets (Ghana, India, Qatar and South Africa) n/a 0.74 0.89

CO2 emissions reporting (tonnes CO2)

  Mature markets1 Emerging markets1 Total
  06/07 base year 2010-11 2011-12 2010-11 2011-12 2010-11 2010-12
Gross emissions2
Base stations Electricity 695,292 752,901 858,370 437,983 508,393 1,190,884 1,366,763
Diesel 24,532 26,475 20,449 189,582 186,364 216,057 206,812
Other 1,938 3 4 2,557 2,548 2,561 2,552
Total 721,762 779,380 878,823 630,122 697,305 1,409,502 1,576,128
Other network Electricity 308,871 306,385 330,107 178,835 306,924 485,220 637,031
Diesel 473 1,107 2,374 12,616 10,712 13,723 13,086
Natural gas 6,943 758 549 4 352 762 901
Other 0 160 124 106 100 267 224
Total 316,287 308,410 333,154 191,562 318,088 499,971 651,242
Offices Electricity 128,309 80,282 84,896 160,071 134,388 240,353 219,284
Diesel 1,439 438 513 3,892 4,078 4,330 4,591
Natural gas 11,361 9,563 9,010 269 82 9,831 9,092
Other 0 7,696 8,201 14 13 7,710 8,214
Total 141,108 97,978 102,619 164,246 138,561 262,224 241,181
Retail Electricity 23,546 22,237 23,691 11,468 16,439 33,705 40,131
Diesel 0 27 25 990 831 1,017 855
Natural gas 1,236 985 946 0 0 985 946
Other 0 185 185 7 7 192 192
Total 24,782 23,434 24,847 12,465 17,277 35,900 42,124
Travel Road 61,496 58,517 55,798 21,884 28,003 80,401 83,801
Total 1,265,435 1,267,719 1,395,242 1,020,279 1,199,235 2,287,998 2,594,476
Emissions from renewable tariffs3
Base stations Green tariff -148,689 -233,389 -277,311 0 0 -233,389 -277,311
Other network Green tariff -54,186 -70,452 -93,181 0 0 -70,452 -93,181
Offices Green tariff -19,320 -19,193 -21,674 0 0 -19,193 -21,674
Retail Green tariff -5,489 -2,204 -2,711 0 0 -2,204 -2,711
Total -227,683 -325,237 -394,878 0 0 -325,237 -394,878
Total net emissions4
Total 1,037,752 942,482 1,000,363 1,020,279 1,199,235 1,962,761 2,199,598
Scope 3 emissions5
Travel Air 25,248 28,788 6,361 8,429 31,609 37,217
Indian shared base station sites         1,963,863 1,768,251 1,963,863 1,768,251

Notes:

  1. CO2 emissions are provided for mature markets (Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, UK) and emerging markets (Albania, Egypt, Ghana, India, Malta, Qatar, South Africa and Turkey). Our new markets of Ghana, India, Qatar and South Africa are only included in the 2010–11 and 2011-12 data. Our joint venture in Italy is included in all years.
  2. Gross CO2 emissions are total CO2 emissions before accounting for any emissions reductions that have been purchased or sold. For grid electricity, emissions have been calculated using a kWh to CO2 conversion factor based on one of the following sources (in order of priority):
    • Conversion factors provided by our energy suppliers
    • Conversion factors provided by governments or other national bodies
    • International Energy Agency conversion factors
    For the purposes of calculating gross CO2 emissions, electricity generated from renewables purchased under a green tariff and transmitted through the national grid has been included, with emissions being calculated using the conversion rate for normal grid electricity.
  3. CO2 emissions associated with renewable tariffs have been reported separately using the conversion factor for normal grid electricity. Renewable tariffs include electricity purchased under ‘green’ energy tariffs backed by evidence of renewable supply and transmitted through the national grid.
  4. Net CO2 emissions have been calculated by subtracting emissions associated with renewable energy and emissions from sales of renewable energy back to the grid from gross CO2 emissions. This means that CO2 emissions associated with green tariff energy are assumed to be zero. It is unlikely that renewable energy is truly zero carbon; for example, there will be carbon associated with manufacturing and maintaining the renewable energy generator equipment. However, due to the current lack of clear international guidance on how to estimate the carbon emissions associated with renewable energy, it is counted as zero carbon here.
  5. Scope 3 emissions are those associated with activities which are outside of Vodafone’s direct control.

Local market carbon conversion factors

Local market Source of carbon conversion factor for national grid electricity
Albania International Energy Agency
Czech Republic International Energy Agency
Egypt International Energy Agency
Germany Supplier
Ghana International Energy Agency
Greece Government
Hungary International Energy Agency
India Government
Ireland Government
Italy Supplier
Malta Supplier
Netherlands International Energy Agency
New Zealand Government
Portugal Supplier
Qatar International Energy Agency
Romania Supplier
South Africa Supplier
Spain Government
Turkey International Energy Agency
UK Government