Here, we've put a number on our negative impact
At Tele2 we’re deadly serious about climate change. So when we look at our environmental impact we tend to be self-critical. Let’s take 2017, when our organisation of 7,000 people and several hundred base stations caused a total of 187,051 tons of greenhouse emissions. It sounds like a big number doesn’t it? Which is exactly why we think carefully about where we buy our electricity, the type of fuel that heats our offices, the way the materials we consume are produced, the way our employees and suppliers move around, and the way our waste is managed. We also look into how we can change the behavior of our networks by for example shutting down frequency band during periods of less activity, such as during the night. Just in 2017 we saved energy corresponding to the electricity use a BMW i3 would need to drive around the world 380 times by turning off the base station power amplifier when it has no data to transmit*. To ensure that the energy consumption we cannot avoid is not a complete waste, we also compensate by investing in UN project aiming at reaching the Sustainable Development goals and reduce the climate impact globally.* In addition, Tele2 is the only operator in its markets to be a part of the international initiative SooGreen that has support from the EU and Vinnova and aims to create a greener telecom industry.
Now you try putting a number on our positive impact
To measure our positive impact on the environment is almost impossible, and it’s not going to get any easier. By giving you the freedom to communicate voice and data in real time brings countless opportunities to reduce your impact on the environment. It enables you to make better decisions, helping you avoid unnecessary journeys, helping you find more efficient ways to eat, sleep, work, learn and have fun. And there are 16 million of you using our services. Try to do the mathematics on that if you can.
The most energy efficient operator in Sweden
Looking at energy use per subscriber, Tele2 is the most energy efficient operator in Sweden.** The main reason for us being first is that we are firm believers of that sharing is caring for the environment. Therefore, we share all our network infrastructure with other operators.
Sweden, as our home market is where we pilot most initiatives, also within environment. We are, however, doing a lot in our other markets as well. To give a few example our offices in Lithuania use hydroelectric power and 70 percent of all agreements are signed on a screen resulting in a major decrease of paper use and in Kazakhstan we are taking advantage of the sun and are building base station with solar panels.
* Initiatives are primarily taking place in Sweden. After assessment, Tele2 will see if the same initiatives are applicable in our other markets.
** The study has been made by comparing key figures in the companies Annual Reports as well as data from the Swedish authority Post och Telestyrelsen, PTS.
The IoT equation
Then we have the communication between machines. Not just snack dispensers or home appliances, but trains, trucks, factories, security systems – you name it. We’re just beginning to understand how communication can make them more efficient. Take the new generation of electric vehicles: how will power companies be able to measure and get payed for their electricity in the new infrastructure? Well, quite possibly with an Internet of Things solution from Tele2.
Once again, we’re doing what we can to keep our emissions to a minimum. But we hope you can see the bigger picture. One where the moderate carbon footprint of our organisation is offset many times over by what our services do to the carbon footprints of both individuals and society at large.
Learn more about how we connect people and make cities smarter through Internet of Things here