Both operators were awarded an “A”, with KPN scoring 94 and France Telecom scoring 89 out of a total score of 100 in the Global 500 CDP report for 2012. An A score represents that both operators have a “fully integrated climate change strategy driving significant reduction in emissions due to climate change initiatives.” An “A” also signifies that in addition to achieving a score of more than 85, the companies have met the additional criteria for entry into the Carbon Performance Leadership Index, according to the CDP.
Six other operators scored “B” in 2012, including AT&T, BT, Vodacom, Telefonica, Swisscom, and Telstra, signifying that these operators recognises integration of climate change as a priority for strategy, but not all initiatives are fully established.
20 out of the 30 telecoms operators in the Global 500 responded to the CDP’s request for their carbon data in 2012, including 21 diversified telecoms service providers, and five wireless operators. On the shame list of non-respondents, are America Movil, American Tower, Bharti Airtel, Singapore Telecom, SoftBank, and Telekomunikasi Indonesia.
Of those that responded, a range of methods are being adopted to reduce their environmental impact. The most prevalent of these is a dedicated budget for energy efficiency, highlighted by 12 of the respondents. Seven of the respondents cite employee engagement as a way to reduce their emissions, while six have dedicated budgets for emission reduction activities and are working to be compliance with regulatory requirements and standards.