Learn how telecommunications companies are making a positive impact through technology like AI and machine learning.

While achieving net zero emissions may be a challenge, it’s also an opportunity. 

Many companies are still using manual systems to measure their sustainability efforts. Finding more efficient ways to track, report, and reduce carbon emissions is critical. As more regulations focused on climate disclosure appear, companies need to find a way to automate these processes.

If you’re using disjointed spreadsheets and siloed systems to do this instead of a comprehensive automated system, reporting on ESG initiatives is not only more difficult, it’s less accurate. This makes showcasing your impact to investors, stakeholders, employees, and customers a bigger challenge.

Reducing emissions in line with science-based targets is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To do this well, you should weave your sustainability efforts throughout your entire company. That means:

Scope 1 emissions, such as the environmental impact of field service trucks or the energy used to power your offices, are likely the smallest portion of your carbon footprint. By tracking these direct emissions, you can make changes like improving the efficiency of field operations by reducing truck rolls or better planning service calls, switching from diesel to electric vehicles, or using battery backup systems instead of diesel generators.

Scope 2 emissions result indirectly from purchasing energy and heat — essentially, the environmental impact of operating your actual network and associated IT systems. These types of emissions are already being reduced in the evolution from older 3G technology to 4G and 5G, and in the switch from legacy on-premises systems to more efficient cloud-based applications. Any additional increases in the energy efficiency will further reduce scope 2 emissions. 

By tracking and managing your suppliers’ emissions, you can create business relationships that work toward reducing emissions overall and achieving common sustainability goals. Making sure your suppliers understand that you value reducing emissions can result in them sharing responsibility for purchasing renewable energy or reducing their own emissions in ways that result in reductions to your own scope 3 emissions.

You can also establish programs with phone and hardware providers that are already working on re-use, repair, and buy-back programs of equipment to reduce waste to increase the sustainability of your retail operations. 

Learn how to make a positive impact and combat the effects of climate change. This Trail is a helpful learning module to guide your planning.

Creating a company-wide initiative requires that everyone is working from the same dataset. Manual systems often produce inaccurate data and are difficult to search and manage, making accurate reporting almost impossible. 

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The communications industry has an opportunity to lead the way in our global fight against climate change. Streamlining processes, unlocking data, and turning insight into action will help you keep pace with sustainability goals, adhere to future regulations and face industry-wide challenges. 

Doing this will make your organization a more efficient strategic partner and confirm your contribution toward global sustainability efforts.

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