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Orange achieves validation for ambitious emission reduction targets by SBTi

Established in 2015, the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) encourages businesses to set science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to effectively combat climate change. The SBTi objective validation team assessed the target ambitions of Orange’s medium-term 2030 and long-term 2040 commitments in line with the global warming trajectory limited to 1.5°C and consistent with the necessary achievement of zero emissions. net by 2050 or earlier.

Orange has placed its social and environmental responsibility policy at the heart of its business model. In fact, the Group has acquired in-depth knowledge of its carbon footprint and has made strong commitments in France and internationally to reduce its emissions and fight against climate change:

  • Achieve net zero carbon by 2040, ten years ahead of industry recommendations

With intermediate milestones:

  • Reduce its scopes 1 & 2 by 30% by 2025 compared to 2015, objective achieved 2 years in advance
  • Reduce its scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions by 45% compared to 2021 by 2030.

Orange, as a digital player, has a leading role to play in reducing digital greenhouse gas emissions. The Group recognizes its dual responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint, while building and maintaining resilient infrastructure to guarantee the continuity of activities and services.

To achieve these objectives, Orange has adopted an ambitious action plan:

  • Improving the energy performance of networks and information systems which represent 85% of energy consumption and 80% of CO₂eq emissions[1]on scopes 1 and 2 in 2023. Thanks to the Green ITN program , the increase in its energy consumption (scopes 1 and 2) was limited to 0.3% compared to 2022 on a comparable basis, despite new deployments and a significant increase in traffic in 2023. Thus, over the period 2015-2023, more than 5.3 TWh of electricity and more than 430 million liters of fuel oil were saved in this area. These results are possible thanks to the rise of active network sharing with other operators; modernization of the network (5G and fiber) and data centers; advanced sleep modes; the decommissioning of old technologies (xDSL, 2G/3G); and the use of artificial intelligence.
  • The transition to renewable energies with the signing of renewable energy supply contracts in Europe, solar farms and the solarization of sites in Africa and the Middle East and finally, the guarantee of origin certificates purchased on the market. In 2023, three quarters of the electricity used for networks and information systems was already low carbon, 45% through the use of renewable energies (30% in nuclear energy). In Europe, 92% of electricity needs were low carbon. In Africa and the Middle East more than 8,000 sites have been solarized.
  • Optimizing the energy efficiency of real estate assets with the design and technical management of tertiary buildings in terms of heating, air conditioning and lighting. Orange is gradually equipping its real estate portfolio with heat pumps, replacing oil or gas boilers. Thus in 2023, energy consumption and CO2 emissions relating to buildings fell by 17% and 18% respectively (on a comparable basis compared to 2022)
  • The development of the circular economy can contribute 20% to 30% to the objective of reducing scope 3 emissions by 2030. In fact, eco-design and increasing the lifespan of products , as well as the reuse of network equipment, is a very concrete objective. With the Rɘ program, Orange is raising awareness among its customers about recycling, taking back and purchasing reconditioned mobile phones. In Europe, Orange had a mobile phone collection rate of 25.4% for the year 2023 and aims to reach 30% by 2025
  • Mobilization to strengthen the actions and commitments of the entire ecosystem in order to define relevant carbon objectives and build shared measurement tools and methods. Orange launched a program this year with its largest suppliers with the aim of building together a long-term path towards net zero carbon by acting, for example, on production and logistics processes, in the design and manufacturing of products. or the performance of the services.

“Having received the Terra Carta Seal from the Sustainable Markets Initiative last year, we are delighted to obtain validation from the SBTi which recognizes our goal of net zero emissions in 2040, currently among the most ambitious available under the SBTi process. This recognition honors us because it shows the seriousness and sincerity of our approach. It also commits us to translating these ambitions into our short, medium and long-term action plans to build a more sustainable digital world,” declared Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at Orange.

CT Bureau

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