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Our 2018 goal

Help our customers reduce their GHG emissions by two tonnes for every one tonne of GHG generated from our operations

Our technologies and services provide our customers with the means to achieve a reduction in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Over time, the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will transform every industry, most public services and many aspects of consumers’ daily lives. In research conducted this year, 88% of IoT adopters surveyed said they are seeing significant benefits from IoT and 79% think IoT will have an enormous or sizeable impact on the whole economy in the next five years1.

We estimate that over 27% of the more than 68 million IoT connections we operate directly enable customers to reduce their emissions and we expect this proportion to increase over time.

Meeting our 2-for-1 goal

During 2018, the total GHG emissions avoided as a consequence of our IoT technologies and services was 5.3 million tonnes CO2e.

Our IoT applications help our customers reduce emissions and include:

  • smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use;
  • smart cities – networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting; and
  • smart logistics – IoT technologies embedded in vehicles to optimise route management, vehicle maintenance and driver behaviour, delivering cuts in fuel consumption of up to 30%.

IOT connections chart

We have met our 2018 GHG target

In 2015, we announced our intention to help our customers reduce their GHG emissions by two tonnes for every one tonne of GHG generated from our operations. We have achieved our original 2015 target, having enabled our customers to avoid 2.1 tonnes of GHG emissions for every one tonne generated from our operations.

GHG Emissions chart

Connecting smart meters in Spain

EDP HC ENERGÍA, one of Spain’s leading energy providers, has now installed more than 600,000 smart meters in homes across Spain to help people to reduce their energy use.

The meters will enable customers to see how much energy they are using in real time, adjusting their consumption as needed and consequently reducing both costs and emissions.

Enabling clean, affordable solar power in Eastern Africa

The number of people with access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa is increasing over time; however, around 57% of the population – 590 million people – still lack access to reliable sources of power2. Access to a reliable source of energy can impact people’s ability to access information, health services, education resources and employment opportunities.

Enabling energy-efficient street lighting with Interact City

Street lighting helps make our cities better and safer places to live. Interact City from Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, is an end-to-end street lighting management system that allows municipalities to securely and remotely measure, manage and monitor all connected street lighting. This can help to reduce energy use, cut GHG emissions, simplify maintenance and lower operational costs.

Using IoT technology to support smarter transport solutions

In many of the world’s biggest cities air pollution and traffic congestion are getting worse , so there is a strong impetus to find smarter and more sustainable transport solutions. Mobike, a leading global bike-sharing provider, is using a Vodafone IoT connectivity programme to offer its services in Singapore and Manchester, while also gathering data that could be used to rethink the way transport works in urban environments.

Improving fleet efficiency with Microlise

Since 2007, we have been providing Microlise, one of the UK’s largest providers of telematics solutions, with the connectivity it needs to support fuel savings in commercial fleets.

Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our approach is contributing to SDG 13

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We are also contributing to SDG 7

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG 4: Quality education SDG 5: Gender equality SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG 13: Climate action

We believe we can have the greatest impact on five of the UN SDGs through our networks, products and services and through the work of the Vodafone Foundation.

Our commitments to reduce our GHG emissions, move to renewable electricity sources and improve our energy efficiency particularly support SDG 13, which is focused on climate action, and SDG 7, which includes a focus on clean energy. In parallel, our Internet of Things (IoT) services play a significant role in helping our customers meet their own commitments to the SDGs, enabling them to operate more efficiently and reduce their GHG emissions.