Sunday, November 15, 2009

Telstra Vows 10% Carbon Reduction by 2015

Telstra announced a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions intensity by at least 10 percent by 2015. In 2008/09 Telstra calculates that it emitted 1.52 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, or 64 tonnes per million dollars of domestic revenue. The newly announced target requires Telstra to reduce this to at least 58 tonnes per million dollars of domestic revenue by 2015. Telstra will achieve this reduction by:

  • Investing in energy efficient projects and accommodation;

  • Undertaking specific energy saving projects in existing facilities, and decommissioning redundant network assets;

  • Reducing the energy intensity of purchased products and services;

  • Implementing staff training to reduce office and vehicle fleet emissions; and

  • Adopting low carbon information and communications technologies (ICT) solutions such as video conferencing and teleworking.

"We are setting a realistic and achievable target for carbon intensity because we are serious about reducing our impact on the environment," said Telstra CEO David Thodey.

Thodey said the target was ambitious, because it took into account the additional energy required to meet exponential growth in network and data storage capacity.

"Traffic on Telstra's Next G wireless broadband network is doubling every eight months while traffic on the Next IP network is doubling every 20 months."

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