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Helping society to decarbonise

Digitalisation and high-speed connectivity will be enablers of the global green recovery.

The EU has recognised that twin digital and green transformations are required at the centre of recovery plans for all regions, sectors and applications across the EU as they seek to drive efficiency and reduce their environmental footprint. As a result, the EU has pledged to allocate 20% of the Recovery and Resilience Facility fund to the digital transition and 37% to drive green investments.

For Vodafone, our most important contribution to tackling climate change is by enabling our customers (including businesses and governments) to reduce their environmental footprint using our digital technologies and services.

Our goal

Vodafone is committed to helping our business customers reduce their carbon emissions by a cumulative total of 350 million tonnes globally between 2020 and 2030.

Our approach

Our global, cumulative enablement target of 350 million tonnes of CO2e over the ten year period from 2020 - 2030 will be largely delivered via Vodafone’s IoT services, including logistics and fleet management, smart metering and manufacturing activities.

We work with the Carbon Trust to calculate the total GHG emissions avoided as a consequence of our IoT technologies and services. We estimate that over 54% of our 123 million IoT connections directly enabled customers to reduce their emissions in the past year. During the year, we estimate an avoidance of 7.1 million tonnes CO2e, which is 5.2 times the emissions generated from our own operations (Scope 1 and 2).

In March 2021, we became a founding member of the European Green Digital Coalition. The coalition brings together ICT sector companies to work together with EU policymakers and experts to drive investment in—and implementation of—digital solutions in action against climate change.

Connectivity and IoT are critical enablers to delivering green impact across value chains. For example:

Smart agriculture
  • Lower impact on natural resources

  • Less emissions from fertilisers

  • Biodiversity restoration

  • Regenerative agriculture

  • Better animal welfare

  • Smaller land use

Smart energy meters
  • Empowerment of people to change behaviours

  • Reduced energy consumption

  • Transparency

  • Next generation

Smart cities
  • More energy-efficient delivery of services

  • Better traffic flows, fewer congestions

  • Less waste

  • Improved air quality (lower pollution)

Smart logistics
  • Lower fuel consumption

  • Few emissions

  • Continuous incremental efficiency gains

  • Less waste (including food)

  • Supply chain traceability

Smart manufacturing
  • Greater resource efficiency

  • Circular economy potential

  • Lower energy consumption

  • Less pollution and waste

  • Improved health and safety

  • Greater precision, fewer faults

Our strategy in action

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Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We aim to build a inclusive and sustainable digital society. Through our connectivity and digital innovations (SDG 9) and through our partnerships (SDG 17) we can accelerate and scale delivery across multiple SDGs.

UN SDG 9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

UN SDG 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

UN SDG 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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