A global energy conundrum
Many analysts say global energy needs are expected to increase by a further 30% by 2040.
Achieving the required reductions in GHG emissions will be particularly challenging in the context of continuous economic and population growth.
As a significant user of energy, the telecommunications and ICT industries face a growing challenge: every additional device connected to a network and every additional gigabyte of data transmitted or stored represents a potential increase in each operator’s energy needs.
It is estimated that, by 2030, the ICT industry will account for around 2% of total global GHG emissions1, comparable to the aviation industry. There is a pressing need, therefore, for Vodafone and other communications companies to develop innovative approaches to minimise energy consumption in order to mitigate the climatic consequences of this rising growth in demand for our services.
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 allFind out more about our contribution to the UN SDGs
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.