TPG Telecom has announced its intention to power all of its operations across Australia with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. This will include all of TPG Telecom’s fixed and mobile network infrastructure to the nationwide – used to serve more than five million mobile customers and over two million fixed-line broadband customers – as well as its office buildings and retail network.
In addition to TPG Telecom’s on-site solar generation, this commitment to 100% renewable electricity will be met through the purchase of renewable energy products in Australia, which will drive the growth of renewables and the transition of the Australian electricity grid. .
This commitment comes as TPG Telecom published its first sustainability report since the merger of Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG in July 2020.
“Our decision to be powered 100% by renewable electricity meets the growing expectations of our customers and the wider community,” said Iñaki Berroeta, CEO of TPG Telecom.
“As a leading telecommunications service company and a large user of electricity, we believe we have an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address the threat of climate change. It is also an important step in our journey as we strive to align our activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
TPG Telecom operates the major mobile and internet brands including Vodafone, TPG, iiNet, Internode, Lebara, AAPT and felix.
Based on its forecast for Australian energy consumption in 2025, TPG Telecom’s commitment is equivalent to supplying approximately 58,000 homes – more than all homes in Darwin – with renewable energy.
The company has already raised the bar with the launch of felix, Australia’s first telecommunications brand powered 100% by renewable electricity, in October 2020.
Felix has been certified as a carbon neutral service by the Australian government’s Climate Active initiative, and in partnership with One Tree Planted, a new tree will join our country’s canopy every month, each felix customer has an active subscription.
This builds on the significant investment in energy efficiency over many years in TPG Telecom’s two historic businesses, with particular emphasis on data centers and mobile base stations, as well as the installation of ” on-site solar production in certain places.
DC power systems have been implemented in all data centers and air conditioning coolers have been replaced with computer room air conditioning units, providing an estimated energy savings of 25%.
TPG Telecom has introduced a range of design solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions associated with its mobile base stations, including free cooling measures that improve airflow using cooling fans. low power, reducing the need for air conditioning by about 70%.
In partnership with ICS Industries, TPG Telecom also contributed funding to support the development of the Zonecool shelter – a more efficient and cost effective base station equipment shelter solution as it targets cooling in specific areas and has high-capacity racks, allowing optimal use of space for future technologies.
Globally, the telecommunications sector could account for around 14% of the world’s carbon emissions by 2040, due to the projected increase in demand for data and associated energy consumption.
Longer term, the application of 5G in technologies compatible with mobile networks offers enormous potential to help avoid emissions through smarter cities, transport, energy, buildings, agriculture. and other industries.
TPG Telecom’s 5G network is deployed in selected areas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast and Geelong.
5G is available in over 350 suburbs in these major metropolitan areas and we currently have around 1,600 sites in the planning and design stages. Our current plan is to cover 85% of the population in the six most populous cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra) with our 5G
network by the end of 2021.
Lindsay Soutar, REenergise Campaign Manager at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, welcomed TPG Telecom’s announcement, saying: “Telecom companies like TPG Telecom are among Australia’s top energy users because of our insatiable demand for services. The Internet is becoming a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This is why it is so important for TPG Telecom to play a leading role in the telecommunications race for renewable energy.