Energy and climate change

We are well aware of the urgency of reducing CO₂ emissions, which is why we have bolstered our targets to help limit the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC.

Our goals for 2015​-2025-​2040 are not only compatible with the expansion of our network and quality of service, they also help us to be more competitive:

Net zero emissions

Our Executive Committee has approved the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2040 as well as to neutralise the emissions of our main operations in 2025. To achieve this, we are committed to reducing emissions in line with the 1.5ºC scenario and neutralising the unabated emissions through the purchase of CO₂ absorption carbon credits, preferably through nature-based solutions.

Our intermediate targets are:

  • To reduce our Scope 1+2 emissions by 90% by 2025 in our main markets, and by 80% globally in 2030, compared to 2015.
  • To neutralise our main operations’ unabated emissions (scopes 1+2) in 2025.
  • To reduce CO₂ emissions in our value chain by 39% by 2025.
  • To reduce energy consumption per traffic unit (MWh/PB) by 90% in 2025 compared to 2015.

All employees are involved: part of our variable remuneration is linked to this target and we already have these programmes in place:

  • More efficient transformation of our telecommunications networks.
  • Energy efficiency projects.
  • Renewable Energy Plan.
  • Incorporation of an internal carbon price.
  • Emission neutralisation plan.

Without digitalisation there is no green transition

In six years, we have already reduced all our emissions by more than 40% (70% for Scopes 1+2 and 27% for Scope 3 since 2015).

Aware of our responsibility to promote a global movement against climate change, we are part of the following initiatives.

  • Our Business:
  • Suppliers:

Energy Efficiency Programme

Our challenge is to keep electricity consumption stable despite the sharp increase in the digitalisation of society and the rising amount of data going through our telecommunications networks. The main savings are achieved by upgrading our network and shutting down old equipment. To this we add initiatives to reduce energy in off-peak periods and in cooling, lighting, power equipment, etc.

188 energy efficiency initiatives in 2021
€ 37.6 M saved in a year
-7.2% energy consumption since 2015
-90% energy consumption by 2025

Renewable Energy Plan

Not only do we want to be 100% renewable, but as a large consumer of electricity, we also help countries to generate more clean energy. To achieve both goals, we promote long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with utilities, contribute to the construction of small renewable hydroelectric or solar power plants, and self-generate our own power.

Our networks are green: we are 100% renewable in Europe, Brazil and Peru, fibre is 85% more energy efficient than copper and 5G is 90% more energy efficient than 4G.

100% Renewable electricity in Europe, Brazil and Peru
5.2 M T CO₂ avoided since 2015 through the use of renewables
1.3 M Houses which would consume in one year what we have saved
2030 year we will be 100% renewable at a global level

Carbon internal price

At Telefónica, we use carbon pricing through different ways: an implicit price used for example in our Brazil operations.

We also implement a shadow price in our purchasing decisions for hardware that consumes fossil or electricity, as well as hardware containing refrigerant gases, which contributes to reducing our Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

On the other hand, we are introducing an internal carbon fee that will help us to establish a “carbon fund” with the proceeds of this carbon fee, and that could be used to finance carbon removal projects to neutralise our residual emissions as of 2025.

Pioneers in the sector, we launched the industry’s first green bond in January 2019 and have already surpassed €10bn in ESG funding

Energy Management Policy

Our Energy Policy forms part of our Environmental Policy and establishes our energy management principles. 

Eight years on the CDP A-List

Telefónica as a leading global company against climate change.

Energy and GHG Emissions Inventory

All the data on our decarbonisation in the last few years.

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