With ambitious sustainability goals to increase green energy usage and reduce its carbon footprint, T-Mobile is serious about going green – and non-profit Green America agrees
T-Mobile has always been on a mission to change wireless for good, which includes making big commitments to take care of the environment – and following through on them! Those commitments have been recognized by the experts at Green America, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing businesses to solve environmental problems. Today they announced they have given the Un-carrier the highest grades among the top four telecoms – an A and B – on their Green America Wireless Scorecard.
This is the second year that Green America has released their Wireless Scorecard, which measures clean energy usage and reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions within the wireless industry. And this is the second year in a row that T-Mobile has come out ahead of its competitors!
“T-Mobile is ALL IN to do our part to protect the environment on behalf of the communities we serve,” said Janice Kapner, EVP of Communications and Community Engagement at T-Mobile. “As we keep driving forward, we’re also going to continue doing what T-Mobile does best – pushing the wireless industry to keep up! We won’t stop!”
This year T-Mobile took home high marks in the two areas Green American scores: 1) green energy usage, measured by T-Mobile’s green energy reports provided to CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project), and 2) green energy commitments that T-Mobile has disclosed publicly.
Green Energy Usage – Grade: B
T-Mobile is contracted for enough green energy to meet nearly 60% of its RE100 commitment on a 2016 base year (see more on that below!). This includes deals with two wind farms - the Red Dirt Wind Project in Oklahoma (signed in 2017 and fully operational) and the Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas (set to open later this year) – which combined will provide more than 320 megawatts of green energy to T-Mobile, enabling the company to increase efficiencies and power its operations across the country, including retail stores, call centers and network operations.
Green Energy Commitments – Grade: A
A key factor for T-Mobile’s high mark in the green energy commitments category is its pledge to use100% renewable energy by 2021 through membership in RE100. The Un-carrier is the only major U.S. telecom in the RE100 bunch.
Another reason for the high mark: the company’s carbon reduction goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi helps companies align with what the latest climate science says is needed to help reduce catastrophic climate change, and keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. SBTi approval is based on a company’s commitment to set reduction goals to keeping global temperature down across scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. T-Mobile aims to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 95% and reduce scope 3 emissions per customer by 15% below 2016 levels by 2025. Here’s how:
“It’s imperative that businesses set ambitious carbon reduction goals that focus on reducing scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions,” said Alberto Carrillo Pineda, director of Science Based Targets and renewable energy at CDP.
“T-Mobile’s goals are right in line with what we need to see all companies do to keep catastrophic climate change at bay. We applaud T-Mobile for taking the lead as the first major U.S. wireless carrier to have their targets approved.”
This is all just further proof that T-Mobile is all-in on sustainability – for today and for the future of this planet.
For more on T-Mobile’s sustainability efforts, visit T-Mobile.com/Sustainability.