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Environmental commitment: Net Zero Carbon by 2040

As a leading operator, we aim to build a more responsible digital world by committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. This translates into considerable efforts to reduce our direct and indirect CO2 emissions, whether via energy efficiency, renewable energy, the circular economy, or carbon capture. This voluntary roadmap includes initial milestones to be achieved by 2025.

Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

We are committed to reducing our scope 1, 2 and 3 CO2 emissions by 2040, with the first goal of -30% on scope 1 and 2 to be achieved by 2025 compared to our 2015 emissions; 14% on scope 3 emissions compared to our 2018 emissions; and a further milestone in 2030 with a 45% reduction in our emissions across all scopes compared to 2020.

Our Green ITN program has resulted in us avoiding approximately 3.4 million metric tons of CO2 between 2015 and 2022 by improving the energy efficiency of our networks and information systems. Gradually, we are replacing our old network infrastructure and deploying new, more eco-efficient equipment. This is the case with our two latest data centers which consume on average 30% less energy than our previous centers while providing equivalent capacity, meaning we can replace a further 10 data centers throughout the region. These data centers employ “free cooling”, a technology that reduces the use of artificial air conditioning by 80%. We’re continuing to improve that figures by co-innovating with various industrial and academic players in our labs.

The Sustainable Markets Initiative’s 2023 Terra Carta Seal awarded to Orange recognises global companies which are actively leading the charge to create a climate and Nature-positive future.

Net Zero Carbon: a global commitment

To be Net Zero Carbon by 2040, we are committed to reducing 3 scopes of emissions: reducing our own CO2 emissions, reducing indirect emissions related to our energy consumption, and finally reducing the emissions generated by upstream by our suppliers and downstream by our customers.”

Philippe Tuzzolino, Group Environment Director

These three commitments correspond to scopes 1, 2 and 3 of our Greenhouse Gas Protocol, validated by the SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative), which drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emissions reduction targets.

To achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2040, we have defined an ambitious roadmap, with the first milestones in 2025, encompassing targets to increase our energy efficiency, proportion of renewable energies, circular economy, and carbon capture. Our objectives are monitored through performance indicators that demonstrate that our commitments are concrete and measurable.


Reducing energy consumption


By 2025, 75% of our electricity needs will be met by electricity from renewable sources in Europe (except France)
To achieve this objective, we have already implemented Power Purchase Agreements for wind or solar power in France, Spain and Poland. In Africa and the Middle East, where the issue of electrification is essential, we are also deploying our own solutions to increase access to renewable energy.
We make clean and affordable electricity more accessible in Africa
We developed various projects that enable us (along with Energy Service Company partners) to equip our own towers with solar systems while paying only for the electricity consumed by each tower over a defined period. We offer a “pay as you go” subscription to our Solar Kits and remote management platform. What’s more, we resell surplus energy generated by our own solar farms to surrounding communities at an affordable price, which essentially converts our telecom equipment into mini grids, where consumption and payments can be controlled remotely via smart meters and OSE.
In 2022, our buildings accounted for 11% of the Group’s energy consumption and 10% of our CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2).
To reduce the environmental impact of our buildings, we are improving their design and technical management (heating, air conditioning, etc.) and developing hybrid working methods to limit the need for Group employees to travel. Since 2022, Orange has been awarded 20 CUBE trophies for efficient building performance including 7 Golden CUBEs in France and abroad.
Our vehicle fleet represents 5% of the Group’s energy consumption and 6% of CO2 emissions.
Orange is continuing to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet, while limiting business travel and promoting collaborative working and alternative modes of transport. In France, Orange had 3,000 electric vehicles in its fleet at end-2022, a 37% increase in one year. 1,364 charging points have also been installed since the start of the program, available at 250 Orange sites. The Group's ambition is to have 7,000 electric vehicles by 2025.
Since 2013, Orange has been encouraging car-sharing.
With a fleet of 3,400 vehicles by end-2022, making it the leading car-sharing fleet in France and Europe. The Group wishes to continue optimizing this fleet and aims to reach 6,000 car-sharing vehicles by 2025.
In April 2023, Orange received its first utility vehicle powered by hydrogen – the first such mass-produced model delivered to a company in France. Employees are also using solutions to limit business travel (videoconferencing and other remote collaborative work tools). Orange has approximately 300 videoconferencing rooms in France and almost a hundred more at other sites around the world. This figure is expected to decrease given the new collaborative solutions now deployed across the Group.

Achieving our Net Zero Carbon goal will take a collective effort.

While energy consumption associated with digital technology is increasing due in part to the exponential increase in its use across all sectors (industry, cities, transport, buildings, etc.), we are also raising awareness of how we can all do our bit to limit unnecessary screen time and build a more responsible digital world.
All of us can reduce our energy consumption by changing a few digital habits! Here are a few simple, essential, and useful ways to save electricity and other vital resources such as raw materials, land, and water. We’re all responsible for our future planet so let’s adopt them.

Limiting indirect emissions

Reducing our upstream emissions linked to the purchase of goods and services, along with our fixed assets, will be done in cooperation with our suppliers (equipment manufacturers, transporters, etc.): this equates to scope 3 of the GHG Protocol. This is a significant environmental challenge because the impact of scope 3 emissions are five times greater than scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Deploying the circular economy

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Increasing the lifespan of products: at Orange, we promote all aspects of the circular economy. In our core businesses (networks, data centers…), we’re increasing our use of refurbished equipment.

In 2021, for example, we launched OSCAR, an internal marketplace to reuse existing equipment in our infrastructure. In addition, through network sharing in Spain and Belgium, we can redeploy any dismantled equipment to the countries where we are developing new networks, reducing the amount of new equipment that must be manufactured and extending the useful life of our reconditioned equipment.

Understanding the Circular Economy:


The main purpose of the circular economy is to produce goods and services in a sustainable way.

By limiting the consumption and therefore waste of natural resources, the circular economy breaks with the traditional practices of the linear economy (extract, manufacture, consume, throw away). It optimizes the use of goods and services rather than their possession (functional economy).

From 2025, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our Orange branded products follow an eco-design approach. Completely reworked from previous generations, the Livebox 6 was designed to limit its carbon footprint and support a circular economy approach. In addition to being easily repairable and fitted with a 100% recycled and recyclable plastic shell, the new Livebox has a configurable standby mode that, once activated, reduces its power consumption.

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Our ambition also relates to the collection of used digital devices.

By 2025, we aim to collect the equivalent of 30% of our mobile phone sales volumes in Europe and 20% in MEA by 2025. The challenge is considerable because 80% of the environmental impact of a smartphone is linked to its manufacturing and end-of-life phases. With workshops operating in five African countries (Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger), more than 428,000 mobiles were collected for recycling in 2022.

Illustration d'une main mettant un téléphone dans une borne Orange

 By 2025, we will also offer phone repair, return, and refurbishment services to all of our European customers. 

 This type of service is already in place in our European stores :

  • Belgium
  • Poland
  • France
  • Romania
  • Luxembourg
  • Slovakia
  • Moldavia
  • Spain

Our device recycling initiatives have enabled us to develop, in partnership with Emmaüs International, a collection subsidiary that creates jobs in France and in Africa (Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, and Cameroon).

Give your phone a second life with Orange

Investing in carbon sequestration

By 2040, we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions by 90% (compared to 2020) by acting on scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. To achieve our Net Zero Carbon target, we will also reduce our 10% residual emissions by investing in carbon sequestration initiatives.

Understanding Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration is a process that captures the CO2 present in the atmosphere and stores it in natural “carbon sinks” (oceans, forests, biomass, soils, etc.) through physical and biological processes such as photosynthesis. All these carbon sequestration solutions help reduce the amount of CO2 present in the atmosphere and fight against global warming.

Implementing carbon sequestration programs

Rather than just purchasing carbon certificates, Orange has voluntarily chosen to invest in natural carbon sink projects, such as reforestation, agroforestry, and mangrove restoration. Given the project selection phase and the time taken for these forests to grow, the first carbon credits are expected around 2025-2026.

Orange uses the following criteria to select sequestration projects:

  1. Projects must deliver sustainable atmospheric carbon sequestration to store in natural carbon sinks (reforestation)
  2. Projects must include certification and registration with international standards such as Verra or Gold standard
  3. Projects must positively impact local populations (social and economic inclusion) and increase biodiversity, in line with two further Group commitments.
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Orange Nature adds a new dimension to the carbon sequestration projects that we have been supporting for several years by boosting socio-economic development and preserving local biodiversity through carbon sink projects in Europe and MEA: in 2021, we joined the Livelihoods Carbon Fund 3 and co-launched a single-investor fund with Mirova.

Overall, we aim to produce a significant volume of carbon credits and capture a large proportion of our residual CO2 by 2040.

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