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Climate Change


We understand that climate change is a critical issue and that reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important goal. Because Sprint is a large corporation with thousands of locations, millions of customers and billions of dollars in operating costs, we have many opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. As a leader among telecommunications companies, we have the additional responsibility to provide a responsible path for other communication providers so collectively we can have the greatest possible impact to slow, and potentially reverse, climate change.

 

Our three areas of focus are:

  1. Reducing our own carbon footprint (direct and indirect emissions)
  2. Providing solutions that enable our customers to reduce their emissions
  3. Using our influence to reduce others' emissions

Using our own footprint

Our first priority is reducing our own emissions. We have four goals to guide our efforts:

  • Reducing GHG emissions by an absolute 20% by 2017
  • Reducing electricity use by an absolute 20% by 2017
  • Reducing GHG intensity (per terabyte of traffic on the network) by 75% by 2017
  • Securing 10% of electrical energy from renewable sources by 2017

We are making excellent progress on all four of these goals. By achieving these goals, we can expect to achieve savings of at least $80 million per year by 2017.

Providing solutions to reduce our customers' emissions

The second priority is providing solutions that help our customers reduce their GHG emissions. The information, technology and communications (ICT) sector has an incredible opportunity to reduce global emissions. In the recent GeSI SMARTer2020 report, it was found that ICT solutions have the potential to reduce annual global GHG emissions by an estimated 16.5 percent of the projected total in 2020. This is a perfect example of creating shared value – we provide solutions that help our customers reduce their emissions (and expenses) and provide an incremental revenue stream for Sprint.

The Sprint solutions that have the greatest impact on GHG reduction include:

  • Sprint Fleet solutions – tools that allow business customers to monitor and manage their fleets.
  • SmartGrid
  • Mobility
  • Remote monitoring

Using our influence effectively

Our third climate-related priority is using our influence to encourage others to reduce their emissions. This includes working with our suppliers, industry peers, government agents, non-profits, policy makers and regulators.

  • Asking and then helping our suppliers to measure, report and reduce their emissions
  • Bringing together critical players within our industry to improve the energy efficiency of wireless phones and chargers
  • Identifying and nurturing programs within the mobile ecosystem that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions
  • Identifying and nurturing programs within the mobile ecosystem that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions