Marrakech COP22: reviewing our commitments

The COP22 UN Climate Change Conference has opened on 7 November in Marrakech. It’s an opportunity for an update on the environmental commitments we made a year ago at the COP21.

“For Orange, the primary challenge is to help reduce CO2 emissions in all the countries where we operate,” Brigitte Dumont, our Senior Executive VP in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility, reminded us. Orange is also committed to transforming its production and consumption practices by applying the principle of the circular economy: eco-design, shared use, repair and reuse of equipment, and waste recycling.

Philippe Tuzzolino, our Group Environment Director, can now report that our CO2 reduction drive is paying off: “Orange has already cut its emissions per customer-use by 45.9% from a 2006 baseline.” The next step is to involve suppliers and employees in the review of our processes to promote the more efficient use of final materials and natural resources.

 

A few actions

  • 1.7 million old mobile phones collected in 2015 through our recycling programmes.
  • More than 2,600 solar-powered base stations already operational and three solar farms being built to cover all of Orange Jordan’s power needs.
  • Thanks to the partnership with Engie signed during COP 21, Orange aims to contribute to rural electrification and the energy optimisation of telecom infrastructures in Africa. We’ll test solar kits in 3 countries. Orange Money, our mobile payment service, will play a key role in the scheme.