We are helping customers to manage their energy use more efficiently and in turn reduce their emissions.
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. Vodafone has committed to helping business customers who use our services to reduce their own carbon emissions by a cumulative total of 350 million tonnes globally over 10 years between 2020 and 2030 – an ambitious new target equivalent to the UK’s total annual carbon emissions for 2019.
We estimate that currently 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.
We helped our customers to save an estimated 3.8 tonnes of CO2e for every tonne of CO2e we generated through our own activities
Applications that help customers reduce emissions
Vodafone’s new 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. Other savings are expected to be made through healthcare services, cloud hosting and home working. IoT applications that help customers reduce emissions include:
Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.
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%.
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% and saving an estimated 4.8 million tonnes of CO2e.
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 Organisation.
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.
Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our approach is contributing to SDGs:
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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.
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.
Learn more about our enviromental impact
This year we have increased our target to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with our operations.
Download our Annual Report 2020
which provides detail on our sustainable business strategy, approach, focus areas and progress