Vodafone Spain prevented the emission of 110,195 tons of CO2 during fiscal year 2021 mainly thanks to the use of renewable energy in its facilities, as well as the improvement of mobility management, for example, through smart working by its employees, the use of a fleet of vehicles with low emissions and video conferencing.
In addition, the operator avoided the emission of 665,712 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere indirectly through the development of IoT products and services that help other sectors to reduce their own C02 emissions. In this way, the operator avoided the total emission of 775,917 tons of CO2, which means that 18% more was stopped emitting than in the previous fiscal year.
One of the main milestones achieved this year is that Vodafone Spain has reached the goal of 100% of its electrical energy purchased and consumed in Spain comes from renewable sources, thanks to the contract signed with Iberdrola in 2020 for the long-term supply of electricity to 13,500 points owned by the operator. In this way, the telco fulfills its objective by delivering Guarantees of Origin for all the energy acquired and consumed by Vodafone in Spain and a 140GWh PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) whereby part of that energy comes from the Puylobo wind project of Iberdrola.
This represents a key step towards the goal of reducing its own carbon emissions to ‘net zero emissions’ in 2030 and throughout its value chain in 2040, they explain from the company.
In addition, Vodafone has implemented various measures of energy efficiency in your network that have allowed it to reduce energy consumption due to data traffic by 29.9% compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 57.1KWh / TB, 24 points below the 81.5KWh / TB consumed the previous year.
Among the energy efficiency measures implemented are: technological renovations of the mobile access network, and the consolidation and virtualization of your CORE networkas well as the replacement of old energy equipment with new equipment that reduces energy demand thanks to the low-consumption power and cooling technologies implemented in them. The shutdown and uninstallation of disused equipment is also promoting more efficient management, and the ISO 50001 energy management standard has been implemented and certified in the centers with the highest consumption.
SmartFlower, a photovoltaic device installed at the Vodafone headquarters in Madrid.
Also installed this year photovoltaic panels on the five roofs of the buildings of the Vodafone headquarters in Madrid, as well as a solar canopy installed in the visitor parking lot. At the same headquarters, the operator has also installed a SmartFlower (pictured), a photovoltaic device that emulates the movement of sunflowers, obtaining sunlight at all times. All this photovoltaic installation generates approximately 560 MWh / year of electricity from renewable sources.
Another of the solutions implemented is the renewal of the fleet, of more than 613 vehicles, to replace it with low-emission vehicles, and the installation of recharging points in its facilities.
Indirect environmental contribution
In addition to managing its own impact, Vodafone is also helping its customers reduce their own environmental footprint through its Internet of Things and broadband communications services. This is what is called indirect environmental contribution.
The number of active M2M cards Vodafone in Spain has grown 26% in the last year. These cards connect objects, turning them into “smart” resources that can communicate with people, applications and with each other. They allow cars, buildings or machines to interact in relation to their environment and situation (IoT solutions).
In Spain, in the last year, according to the independent study carried out by the Carbon Trust, Vodafone Spain has managed to avoid the production of 665,712 tons of CO2 through IoT solutions. Most of the benefits are associated with the reduction of CO2 emissions as a result of a decrease in the consumption of electricity, gas and fuels.
IoT applications that help reduce those emissions include, but are not limited to:
•Smart energy meters that allow companies, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. One of the success stories of these solutions is the project carried out with ACCIONA, which has launched a pilot project that incorporates R400 ultrasonic remote reading meters from Hidroconta, connected to the NB-IoT network to optimize the management of the integral cycle of water in the municipality of Yuncos (Toledo).
•Smart cities intelligently connected to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services, such as public transport, road networks and lighting or to optimize waste management, irrigation or parking spaces, among others.
• Smart logistics– Vehicle-embedded IoT technologies to optimize route management, vehicle maintenance and driver performance, delivering fuel savings of up to 30%.
On the other hand, the Vodafone Group has committed to facilitating its customers the reduction of 350 million tons of carbon between 2020 and 2030 (which is equivalent to the annual environmental footprint of a country like Italy).