Vodafone goes green


Vodafone Group may soon have to change its logo from red to green. The networks says it will reduce its CO2 emissions by half in 12 years by improvements in energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy.

Vodafone will develop products and services such as solar-powered phone chargers and universal phone chargers for Vodafone-branded handsets, which will "help customers limit their own emissions".

Vodafone Group chief executive Arun Sarin said: "The most effective strategy is to cut our CO2 emissions directly. There are no simple solutions to what is a complex challenge, but through operational changes and technological innovation we will focus on improving energy efficiency in our networks, which account for 80 per cent of our emissions."

Vodafone has been working hard to address climate change issues for a number of years. For example, in 2006/7 the company reduced the amount of carbon dioxide emitted relative to network traffic by 29 per cent and improved the energy efficiency of new network equipment by 25 per cent.

Vodafone is currently gathering data about the carbon footprint of its newly acquired companies in India and Turkey and climate change targets for these businesses will be announced in due course.