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Vodafone UK Cuts Carbon Footprint by 25,000 Tonnes of CO2

Thursday, October 8th, 2020 (12:01 am) - Score 1,152
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Mobile operator Vodafone UK has managed to save 100 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy, equivalent to 25,000 tonnes of CO2 or a financial saving of around £10m, in the space of just three years. All of this will support their pledge to use 100% renewable electricity by July 2021 and to help customers save 350 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

Apparently, the latest energy savings were achieved by optimising heating and cooling systems in offices and managing air flow to keep technical sites cool in the most energy efficient way (this was validated by third-party energy auditor EEVS). Vodafone has so far audited 90 of its buildings to assess energy usage and deliver efficiencies across lighting, heating and air conditioning systems etc.

At more complex locations, such as data centres and MTX (mobile telephone exchange) sites, where 24/7 power is essential to keep the network running, sensors that provide real-time data were used to identify energy saving opportunities. For example, temperature sensors in data centres enabled the airflow to be automatically adjusted up or down remotely, ensuring the correct environment in the most energy efficient way.

Lest we forget that, during the COVID-19 lockdown, all but essential technical staff were also moved to home working, meaning some buildings could be hibernated to help save even more energy. Admittedly this tends to shift the responsibility back to homes, which makes the calculations a little bit more complex.

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  1. Avatar Mike says:

    Reduced CO2 = Tree murder

    1. Avatar adam says:

      How does reducing C02 murder trees?

      Trees use C02 to live, and there is plenty of it in the atmosphere!

    2. Avatar CarlT says:

      Reduced Mike posting nonsense on here = more intelligent, constructive and interesting ISPR comments sections.

  2. Avatar Chris Sayers says:

    Vodafone might well have achieved this on paper, however it does not stop employees from smuggling in fan heaters and hiding them under the desk, I’ve reported this to management in the past and was told to mind my own business, so you have an air condition office being heated by personal heaters, the answer instal britmac sockets, one user was complaining bitterly that their computer was running slowly, traced the fault to a fan heater blowing hot air into the computer. On a floor of about a hundred people there was around 10 fan heaters warming peoples feet and computers.

    For me Vodafone statement is hollow and without meaning,

    1. Avatar Mike says:

      Have you considered transferring your gestapo skills into becoming a covid marshall?

    2. Avatar Chris Sayers says:

      Oh Mike, I haven’t laughed out loud for a while, thank you for that.

  3. Avatar Karl says:

    At the same time completely destroying the service. Only network that sends you useless texts 2 days after someone has called you. Voicemails don’t even say when they were left and signal/data is crap even when it says it is full reception.

  4. Avatar The Facts says:

    Power saving will be more important to them rather than anything to do with CO2. Should have be done when sites were set up.

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