We help drive the environmental and energy transition
Our environmental policy aims to reduce our CO2 emissions (networks, buildings, transport etc) and increase the share of renewable energies. We are doing so in a context of an increased use of digital technology.
During the COP21 climate change conference in 2015, we set out two ambitious commitments:
- Cut CO2 emissions per customer use by 50% by 2020 from 50% compared to 2006,
- Integrate the principles of a circular economy within our organisation and processes to restrict our reliance on natural resources.
Our actions are measurable and upheld by an Environmental Management System framework that complies with international certifications, and we are regularly recognised for our commitment. Our ambition is to be Net Carbon Zero by 2050.
Our Green ITN plan 2020 has already enabled us to cut carbon emissions by 10% between 2015 and 2018 across our networks and IS (information system). Examples include:
- Optimising energy use in our data centres: Orange builds a new data centre in Val-de-Reuil to tackle the digital challenges of the future
- We deploy advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence to minimise our networks’ energy consumption: Big data: when data improves the energy efficiency of networks
- We collaborate with other industry players to develop more energy-efficient technologies for the future: The networks of the future will be less energy-intensive
With 2,550 car-sharing vehicles on the road, we are the first company in France and Europe to promote more eco-friendly modes of transport: our fleet also includes more than 700 hybrid and electric cars.
- By the end of 2018, 59.8% of business activities across the entire Group were ISO 14001 certified (environmental management standard).
- From 2006 to the end of 2018, we reduced the carbon emissions of our buildings by 56.6% per customer use.
- Orange’s overall carbon footprint is also 3.5% lower than in 2016, despite our growing customer base and ever more intensive digital uses.
We’re a founding member of the Net Zero Initiative, where in 2018 we contributed to the definition of a precise, demanding and transparent framework to promote corporate carbon neutrality. The framework was developed with partner companies and supported by a top-level independent scientific council.
We promote innovative and sustainable solutions that contribute to environmental and energy transition (“IT for Green”). We’re also developing solutions that offer sustainable alternatives in terms of smart cities, M2M (Machine to Machine), IoT (Internet of Things), energy optimisation, carbon reduction and eco-friendly mobility, as well as a wide range of technologies (smart grid, smart metering…) that enable companies to improve their own operational performance and environmental impact: Orange Smart Metering: IoT to serve energy.
Digital technology and climate change
We collaborate on scientific research programmes set up to tackle climate change:
- CREA (Research Center for Alpine Ecosystems): since 2014, we have partnered with the “CREA Mont-Blanc” Observatory, lending our expertise and contributing to environmental monitoring, data collection and awareness of the latest scientific information.
- Euro-Argo: along with our subsidiary Orange Marine, we have formed a partnership with this European scientific consortium to collaborate on the global ocean climate observation programme: Orange Marine signs a partnership with Euro-Argo.