Orange’s commitment to the environment

While technology can help combat global warming, particularly by reducing travel, we’re still making every effort to reduce our own carbon footprint. Indeed, we’ve committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years earlier than the objectives set by the rest of the sector, in line with our original ambitions stated in 2015 during the Paris Agreement on climate change.
To achieve this goal, we are following a strict energy efficiency policy, increasing our consumption of renewable energies, developing our circular economy and investing in carbon capture solutions to reduce our residual emissions.

Therefore we have defined an ambitious roadmap, in conformity with best practices, with a first step in 2025. The 2025 objectives have been validated for scopes 1, 2 and 3 by the SBTi initiative (Science Based Targets initiative), which is the international scientific expert in the evaluation of companies’ climate targets.

 

 

Environmental commitment:
Orange vows to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040

 
 

 

 

   real data
   
   2025 target

 

- 30 %
 
- 12.3 %
 
1.44*     1.38* 1.30* 1.27*         1.00*   0.00**
 
   
 
 
 
       
 
 
Net zero carbon
2015     2018 2019 2020         2025   2040

In millions of tonnes of CO2e per year

* Scopes 1 & 2
** Scopes 1, 2 & 3

Orange will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 thanks to

A drastic reduction in our own CO2emissions:
- Network and systems energy strategy (Green ITN)
- Greater use of renewable energies
- Reduction in consumption from buildings and vehicles

A reduction in emissions throughout all of Orange’s activities (transport, distribution, uses):
- Circular economy principles applied to all our business processes and products
- Holding our suppliers to account for their own emissions

Sequestration of residual emissions:
- Participating in carbon sinks to capture and store CO2 in the atmosphere

 

 

 

Improving the energy efficiency of our networks 

One of our key priorities is improving our network efficiency and this is central to our Green ITN2020 programme. Over the past decade, this has led us to optimise our technical deployments and increase the energy efficiency of our network equipment. We’re also focused on reducing the carbon footprint of our data centres.

 

 

Promoting the circular economy 

From eco-design to collecting, reconditioning, repairing, recycling and increasing the overall lifespan of products: these are some of the key principles behind the circular economy. The objective is to produce sustainable goods and services while limiting our consumption and waste and thereby break away from the traditional linear economy (extract, manufacture, consume, dispose). We’re committed to ensuring 100% of our Orange-branded products are eco-designed by 2025.

 

 

 

   real data
   
   2025 target

Services for customers

Collecting

16%* 15.1%*   30%   Data not available 20%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019   2020    2025   2019   2020   2025
Europe Africa and the Middle East
Share of mobile phones collected (compared to sales volumes) (in the form of mobile phones or mobile phone waste)
* of which waste collected in workshops in Africa at the initiative of Orange France  

Repairing

72% 75% 100%
 
 
 
 
2019   2020     2025
Share of European countries (where the Group has a presence) where Orange proposes a repair service.

Reusing

25% 25% 100%
 
 
 
 
2019   2020   2025
Share of European countries (where the Group has a presence) where Orange offers a choice of reconditioned phones.

 

At Orange

Eco-design

Data not available 100%
 
 
 
 
2019 2020   2025
Share of Orange products that comply with eco-design principles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switching to renewable energy

Another priority is to change our energy consumption in our operating countries to incorporate more natural resources. One of our key environmental objectives in our Engage 2025 strategic plan is to meet 50% of the Group’s electricity needs through renewable energy in 2025 compared to 26% in 2019.

 

   real data
   
   2025 target
26% 31% 50%
 
 
 
 
2019   2020   2025
Share of electricity from renewable sources

 

 

Adopting eco-friendly actions to reduce our environmental impact

We can all be committed to preserving the environment: by adopting eco-friendly habits in our daily lives and promoting more sustainable consumption.

 

 

 

The Sustainable Development Goals

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