Telecom operator reveals its official carbon emissions

Emirates telecom giant du has revealed details of its first ever Green House Gas (GHG) in collaboration with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). The report is an effort by du to formalise and document its carbon footprint by an independent third party. This has allowed du, to measure its environmental impacts and drive their environmental strategy towards carbon abatement activities that supports the UAE’s “Green Economy Strategy”.

“We are committed to achieving a greener future for our company, community and country, in line with the vision of our leadership for a green economy,” said Abdulhadi Alalyak, Vice President – Asset Management and Corporate Administration, du. “Our current carbon abatement strategies already in place such as our solar panels and hybrid power systems have significantly contributed in the reduction efforts. Going ahead, we intend to make this an annual exercise. The report will act as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to inform, educate and encourage proactive actions and promote our sustainability efforts.

The evaluation and analysis of du’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions throughout 2012 was reported on the three parameters as defined by Green House Gas Protocol, with a total emission baseline for the year calculated as 248,553 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This represents approximately 0.5% of Dubai’s emissions and 0.12% of the UAE’s total emissions.

The detailed analysis had reviewed the different activities and their emissions across du’s technology and commercial controlled assets located within the 7 emiratesAs per the report, Scope 2 emission such as electricity, used in du’s base transceiver station shelters and data centres represent the majority of du’s total emissions of 89%.  Scope 1 emissions, such as those from internal combustion from du’s fleet, diesel generators and emissions of refrigerants, contribute to 11% of the total emissions.

More details about du’s sustainability efforts can be found in the company’s 2012 Sustainable Development report:

du opened for business in 2006 offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. It also provides carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters and has 6.8 million customers. du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.


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