Telecom provider 2017 - Climate Protection Question 1

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Question

Does the brand (owner) have a policy to reduce climate emissions generated from both its own operations and from beyond its own operations?

NL: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) enig beleid om zowel de CO2 uitstoot van zijn eigen operaties as de CO2 uitstoot die voorbij gaat aan zijn eigen operaties te beperken of compenseren?

DE: Reduziert der Markenhersteller die Treibhausgasemissionen des eigenen Betriebs sowie der Lieferkette?

Reference

This question is in line with the European Union's and United Nation's commitment to stop the rising trend of emissions and to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change, as most recently evidenced by the Paris Climate Agreement. This question also relates to Disclosure 305-1, 305-2, 305-3, and 305-4 of the Global Reporting Initiative, and Criterion 12 'Resource Management' and 13 'Climate-Relevant Emissions' of the Sustainability Code from the German Council for Sustainable Development. The telecom sector contributes substantially to global climate change as a result of power consumption.

‘Own operations’ are defined by ‘Scopes 1 & 2’ of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Scope 1 emissions stem from sources that are owned or controlled by the company, such as “emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, furnaces, vehicles, etc.; emissions from chemical production in owned or controlled process equipment” (p. 25). Scope 2 encompasses emissions from purchased electricity consumed by the company. Thus, measures related to the company’s energy consumption and efficiency of transport (but only if the company does not outsource transport) all qualify as measures reducing emissions of own operations.

Emissions from beyond own operations refer to 'Scope 3' of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and include other indirect emissions resulting from the company’s activities, but occurring from sources not owned or controlled by the company. This can be both upstream and downstream of the company’s place in the value chain. Examples include extraction and production of purchased materials from suppliers, transport by suppliers, waste from suppliers, and product use and disposal by consumers. Thus, reforestation projects for local communities, changing to energy-efficient suppliers, and leasing energy-efficient equipment to customers are all measures that reduce emissions beyond one’s own operations.


Ranking Guidelines

You can reward a ‘Yes’ to a company that describes goals (e.g. ‘reduce carbon emissions’), actions (e.g. ‘compensate the CEO’s intercontinental flights’) or outcomes (100 trees planted, saving 1 ton of CO2’). For this question, the range of actions is not measured, so any small policy or action is counted as ‘Yes'. As Scope 1 & 2 emissions account for only a very small portion of telecom providers’ greenhouse gas emissions, it is critical that a company mentions not only reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations, but also from beyond its own operations, and that in your example you provide an example of both(!).

Note: Brands themselves have to explicitly make the link between measures they take and reduced emissions, for example by reporting these measures in their chapter on climate change. If a brand reports any climate-friendly measures without displaying any awareness that they combat global warming, such measures do not count toward a ‘Yes’ for this question. Furthermore, measures to reduce waste from the company’s own operations—though technically Scope 3—do not count here as measures to reduce emissions beyond one’s own operations.

Answering Guidelines

Yes:

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both from its own operations and from beyond its own operations, such as [the use of renewable energy / reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet / …*] and [sourcing from local suppliers / providing consumers with energy-efficient equipment / …*].

[Brand] takes several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its [premises, stores, headquarter, office buildings, warehouses, ...*] and implementing energy efficiency measures to reduce the energy use beyond its own operations – for instance with respect to [transportation, agriculture practices, ...*].

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both its own operations and from beyond its own operations, for instance with respect to [...].


No:

[Brand] explicitly states not to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both its own operations and from beyond its own operations.

[Brand] explicitly states that it reduces its greenhouse gas emissions from only its own operations, but not from beyond its own operations.

[Brand] explicitly states that it reduces its greenhouse gas emissions only from beyond its own operations, but not from its own operations.


?:

[Brand] does not communicate any information on a climate protection policy.

[Brand] implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of its own operations, such as […], but does not report any measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from beyond its own operations.

[Brand] refers to the importance of climate protection, but does not specify any measures implemented.

[Brand] aims to [... (e.g. ' minimize the effects on the environment's and the earth's natural resources ' )*], but does not provide any clear [policies/actions/initiatives*] on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand. Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]). Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. with: (see link, page [..]).