Orange and green: colours that go well with nature

June 5th is World Environment Day. This is an important rendez-vous for anyone interested in helping to protect the planet, among them Orange. The Group places exemplary environmental practices at the heart of its CSR strategy, and promotes the beneficial role digital technologies play in the transition towards a greener economy and lifestyles. Here are the latest facts and figures.

Reducing our CO2 emissions per customer-use by 50% by 2020, compared to 2006

This figure reflects Orange’s environmental commitment to reduce our carbon footprint while helping our customers and stakeholders to do the same.
Agreed in 2015 to mark the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), the 50% target was achieved at the end of 2017 when a 50.03% reduction was recorded. The momentum has since been maintained across all business areas and Group countries. Orange France’s carbon footprint ‘slimmed down’ by 5,200 tonnes of CO2 between 2016 and 2017 thanks to action plans linked to reductions in travel, fuel and electricity consumption and more broadly to the Green IT 2020 plan.

What is a ‘customer-use’?

Orange uses the term customer-use to describe each product or service use, for example:

  • a fibre Internet connection = one customer-use
  • a Triple Play offer = three customer-uses (Internet, TV, fixed phone)

Each of these uses generates CO2 emissions and consumes energy mainly related to necessary network and technical equipment.

Green IT 2020, towards greener digital facilities

The Green IT 2020 plan was rolled out across the Group over five years ago with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and consumption within its network facilities, including technical equipment and datacenters. The initiatives undertaken within this context include:

  • Optimising and pooling technical facilities
  • Replacing obsolete equipment with new energy-efficient versions
  • Virtualising servers
  • Using solar energy
  • Etc.

All of these efforts are helping to progressively reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of Orange’s networks and IT, which in 2017 amounted to 82.25% of total consumption and 81.04% of total emissions.

Buildings are the second most energy-consuming item for Orange: 11.60% of total consumption and 11.75% of total CO2 emissions. Following the deployment of energy consumption measurement tools, Orange countries in Europe defined appropriate optimisation policies, which generated gains of around 30% to 50% depending on the site between 2014 and 2017.

Circular economy: Orange enters the field

Circular economy: a virtuous economy

The concept of a circular economy favours the establishment of sustainable production and consumption methods in contrast to the linear economy that’s been practiced for centuries (produce, consume, discard).

The second major commitment undertaken by Orange in the context of COP21 is the gradual integration of circular economy principles within its organisation and business models by 2020.

Among the various actions proposed by the circular economy, Orange has prioritised the following:

  • Ecodesign;
  • Reducing the consumption of rare or precious resources;
  • Optimising waste management;
  • Recycling and reusing electronic and electrical waste.

The Group is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation promoting the circular economy, and has also trained 6 employees this year on the concept in order to champion the subject internally. Six new champions will be trained each year.