Orange: the objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are validated by the SBTi

The SBTi validated Orange’s medium-term and long-term ambitions regarding the reduction of its greenhouse gases. The operator has made this policy at the heart of its business model.

Orange has made strong commitments in France as well as in the other countries where it is present in order to reduce its carbon impact. The historic operator has put in place an action plan with several target ambitions.

Multiple objectives

The telecommunications group has therefore set the objective of achieving net zero carbon in 2040, ten years ahead of industry recommendations. To reach this stage, the operator has set intermediate milestones with a 30% reduction in scopes 1 & 2 compared to 2015 by 2025 and reducing its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 45% compared to 2021 by 2030.

The first milestone has already been reached two years ahead of the initial plan and the operator continues to reduce its carbon emissions thanks to the implementation of an ambitious action plan.

Among the objectives targeted by Orange is the improvement of the energy performance of the networks which represent the very large part of the group’s energy consumption and therefore its carbon emissions. Thanks to a Green ITN program, the operator limited the increase in consumption by 0.3% despite additional deployments and a significant increase in traffic.

In addition, Orange has also implemented a transition towards renewable energies with supply contracts, solar farms and even the solarization of sites in Africa and the Middle East. Enough to allow the operator to have low-carbon energy, 30% of which is of nuclear origin.

On the other hand, Orange has also optimized its real estate assets and developed the circular economy.

Objectives validated by the SBTi

These objectives and what was put in place by Orange allowed it to receive validation of its objectives by the SBTi, the Science-Based Targets initiative, which judged that the group’s target ambitions in the medium term 2030 and long term 2040 as consistent with the global warming trajectory limited to 1.5°C and also consistent with achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

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