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We helped our customers to save an estimated 2.9 tonnes of CO2e for every tonne of CO2e we generated through our own activities

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.

We estimate that over 31% of the more than 85 million IoT connections we operate directly enable customers to reduce their emissions and we expect this proportion to increase over time.

Applications that help customers reduce emissions

During 2019, the total GHG emissions avoided as a consequence of our IoT technologies and services was 5.9 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. Worldwide, we have over 9 million smart meter connections using our IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.4 million tCO2e;
  • smart cities – networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68%; 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%; saving an estimated 4.0 million tCO2e.

Connecting smart meters in Spain

EDP HC ENERGÍA, one of Spain’s leading energy providers, has 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.

Monitoring air quality in Albania

Traffic volumes have increased significantly in Albania since the early 1990s, which has caused environmental challenges from traffic congestion and air pollution in the capital city Tirana: the annual average concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 for Tirana are above the limit values of the EU Air Quality Standard and the World Health Organization1.

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.

Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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.

References

  1. WHO air quality database, 2018