Encouraging energy and environmental transition
Digital technology now plays a role in all areas of human activity. In transforming the world of traditional industry, it represents part of the solution for reducing its environmental impacts. At the heart of this revolution, telecom operators, data producers, and indeed all of the world's socio-economic actors are multiplying the uses of digital technology. Orange, for its part, is at the forefront of those seeking to reduce their own environmental footprint.
With the digital world in full expansion mode (explosion in uses, widespread arrival of connected objects, and so on), it falls to us to reduce our energy consumption while the demand for bandwidth grows ever more pressing. Going beyond the paradox, it's a challenge we have taken up so as to take control of balancing a global environmental equation.
Which is why, for a dozen years now, Orange has been pursuing a proactive policy:
- On reducing CO2 emissions, working to reduce our energy consumption, which derives mostly from the network and our equipment. A particularly arduous challenge, since we also have to work with our customers so that their ever increasing digital activity does not overstretch their own energy bills.
- On protecting natural environments and resources, because our equipment (networks, devices…) makes use of critical materials and limited resources that must be handled irreproachably. We regard recycling and extracting value from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), alongside the principle of re-use, as positive obligations that earn us our place in the circular economy.
- At the same time, digital technology can encourage energy and environmental transition. We call it "IT for green", a source of innovation that is capable of offering sustainable solutions in a number of environmental areas (smart cities, smart grids, smart mobility, smart metering…).
At COP21, held in Paris at the end of 2015, Orange reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the environment by setting itself 2 new priorities:
- reduce CO2 emissions by half for customer uses by 2020 (in relation to 2006),
- encourage the inclusion of circular economy principles in its organisation and processes.
- Reducing our carbon footprint
- Limiting our impact on natural resources
- Making digital technology a driver in the energy and environmental transition
- A systemic environmental approach