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.
Orange vows to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040
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.
« L’économie circulaire, une priorité au sein d'Orange » (french)
VoxLog - March 2020
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.