The Spanish telecoms giant says it will cut its direct and indirect emissions of carbon dioxide against a 2010 baseline of 1.7 million tonnes.

In addition to the new emissions target, the company will also aim to reduce its energy consumption by 30% in networks and by 10% in offices (electricity and fuel) by 2015, compared to a 2007 baseline.

To meet this new commitment, Telefonica says it will act in three major areas.

“Firstly, improving energy efficiency in the network with projects to reduce electricity consumption, which is responsible for 85% of CO2 emissions,” the company said.

“Secondly, reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in generators, replacing them with more efficient and clean energy sources, and in vehicle fleets, by reducing their number, using low-consumption, hybrid or electric vehicles or cutting the number of kilometres driven by improving fleet management.

“And finally, encouraging and promoting self-generation of renewable energy where access to electricity is difficult” it added.

Leigh Stringer

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