Thursday, April 16, 2009

Verizon Achieves 3% Improvement in CO2 Efficiency

Verizon's rate of 64 metric tons of CO2 emissions per million dollars in revenue in 2008 represents a year-over-year improvement of 3 percent, according to figures cited by the company. Overall, Verizon's "carbon intensity" is approximately nine times below the U.S. average, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Verizon cited a number of ongoing initiatives that should see its energy efficiency improve even more in the years ahead. In 2008, Verizon:

  • Became the first telecommunications company to require that the network equipment it purchases be 20 percent more energy efficient.

  • Launched an initiative to limit engine idling, which cut fuel consumption by more than 1 million gallons (equivalent to taking some
    1,600 cars off the road for a year.

  • Electronically delivered approximately 100 million bills to customers.

  • Collected more than 1.1 million cell phones, an increase of 6 percent from 2007, through HopeLine, a Verizon Wireless program that collects, refurbishes and sells used phones to benefit domestic violence prevention programs.

  • Recycled 35.1 million pounds of telecommunications equipment. (equivalent to the weight of more than 11,500 Toyota Prius sedans.)

  • Focused on purchasing goods containing recycled material. As a result, 60 percent of all goods purchased by the company contained recycled material.

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