Almost 4% CO2 reduction per year - our answer

Vodafone wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by taking the following measures:

Network modernisation

PapierverbruikWe often choose energy-efficient hardware for our telephone exchanges and data centres and use equipment that generates little heat so that we need less energy for cooling. Though we must always weigh up the investment required and the result in energy savings. If hardware costs more than the savings after 7 years of grants, nevertheless will be opted for a less energy-efficient version. When introducing new network technologies that are more energy efficient, we replace the equipment of existing network generations at the same time. An important point to consider here is capacity utilisation. At present, our data centre, which we share with other Vodafone countries, has an efficiency of 85%. We are trying to further increase this capacity utilisation rate, as this will also save energy.

Energy efficiency

By signing the Long-Term Agreement on Energy Efficiency (MJA3) with the government as well as the CIO Energy Efficiency Agreement in 2011 we have made a commitment to improving our energy efficiency by 2% a year. Vodafone has become 2,53% more energy efficient in this reporting year than last year. We have reached this efficiency by using our network more intensively. However we have used more energy in absolute terms.

Targets for 2012/2013

  • 30% more energy efficient in 2020 compared with 2005, which means that we need to improve our energy efficiency by 2% a year
  • 50% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2020 compared with 2007, which means that we need to cut our CO2 emissions by almost 3.9% a year
  • ISO14001 certification

Smart working

At Vodafone, smart working ("Het nieuwe werken") is reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 25% per employee. Our paper consumption has fallen by almost 90% in the space of five years. We are also encouraging our business customers to embrace smart working.

Green electricity

Vodafone Netherlands uses green electricity from Nuon GroenGarant. We can make further improvements in this area by looking carefully at the source from which this green energy is generated. In addition, we are generating more green electricity ourselves. Our new office in Amsterdam, for example, has a thermal energy storage system, which means we have to purchase less energy. 

Saving energy using mobile technology

Communication between equipment, systems and sensors, also known as machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, can increase efficiency and deliver energy savings. Vodafone is working together with suppliers on an international level to applying this technology. Waste containers equipped with mobile technology that indicate when they are full to prevent trucks from making unnecessary journeys are one example of this. Vodafone is sharing these solutions in as many countries as possible.

Opinion of stakeholders

Sylvia Roelofs, managing director of ICT-Office: “Sustainability is high on the agenda within the ICT sector. Through the Long-Term Agreement 2005-2020 (MJA3) and ICT 2030 Roadmap the sector is putting its ambitions in this area into practice. Vodafone not only recognises the importance of this issue, but is also making a significant commitment to translating its responsibility into concrete results.”


  • CO2 emissions per employee reduced by 25% as a result of smart working
  • Paper consumption cut by 90% in the space of five years
  • 50% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2020 compared with 2007, which means that we need to cut our CO2 emissions by almost 3.9% a year

What can you do?

Vodafone's products and services can help you to live more sustainably

If you want to know how you can use Vodafone's products more sustainably, check our Green Tips.