Mobile network provider Vodafone has announced that its European networks will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2021.
Vodafone has committed to use only wind, solar or hydro sources from July next year. The company already has a head start as it currently uses around a third of renewable energy sources.
The chief executive of Vodafone, Nick Read, said “We have an opportunity to reshape our future sustainably to ensure that recovery does not come at a cost to the environment”. The recent environmental improvements due to lock down has inspired Vodaphone to take more action;
“As society rebuilds and recovers from the Covid-19 crisis, we have an opportunity to reshape our future sustainably to ensure that recovery does not come at a cost to the environment.”– Nick Read.
Vodafone has developed their going-green plan with sustainability experts at the Carbon Trust, who stated;
“There is a growing and important opportunity for the information, communication and tech sector to develop and enable new solutions that help drive decarbonisation, and this target represents a very high level of ambition for Vodafone to continue to drive this strategy.”
Not only have Vodafone changed their energy sources. They have also cut their usage of single-use plastics in both their stores and office spaces.
Step in the right direction
Vodafone has also pledged to help business customers reduce their own carbon emissions by a gathered total of 350 million tonnes globally over 10 years between 2020 and 2030. By encouraging other people and businesses to make a change, it will help to save the planet suffering from the effects of global warming.
This is a refreshing commitment from a large company such as Vodafone, as it might prompt other big- name businesses to up their earth-saving game!
Vodafone UK’s energy efficiency efforts have already had impressive results. In 2017 alone, the amount of energy saved across the business would’ve been enough to power 18,000 homes for a year!
Let’s hope this is the first of many big companies to make the switch to green for good!