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Combating climate change is one of the 17 objectives for a sustainable development (SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals) set in 2015 by the United Nations with a 2030 target date, in order to ensure a sustainable future for our planet and for all of us.
Greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. Carbon Dioxide - CO2) are among the main causes of climate change and are mostly anthropogenic.
Fastweb, as a confirmation of its commitment for the protection of the environment, is among the leading companies in Italy to have set specific objectives for the reduction, by 2030, of its greenhouse gas emissions and to have presented them to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).
Upon the conclusion of a validation process, our objectives have been approved by the SBTi: this confirms that they are not only ambitious, but that they also comply with the scientific standards defined by the SBTi in order to guarantee that the reduction of emissions will actually contribute to containing the global warming in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
With a continuous growth of our network and services:
We will achieve these objectives thanks to several initiatives: we will involve our suppliers, we will adopt more efficient techniques for the laying of fibre, we will replace our car fleet with electric cars, we will eliminate our thermal power stations and we will also carry out several other projects involving all of Fastweb and its customers over the next years.
The Carbon Footprint is a measure of the quantity of greenhouse gases, the main factors responsible for climate change, that are emitted by a company during one year of activity and is expressed in equivalent tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide). The calculation model developed in Fastweb includes:
- direct emissions (Scope 1), due to activities performed or controlled by the company (e.g. use of fuel for heating and use of company cars and pool cars);
- indirect energy emission (Scope 2), deriving from the purchase of electric power: Fastweb’s Scope 2 is equal to 0 because since 2015 we have been purchasing from renewable sources 100% of the electric power for our network infrastructure, our offices and the flagship stores under our direct management;
- other indirect emissions (Scope 3), generated by greenhouse gas sources that are not proprietary or are controlled by external subjects (e.g. supply chain, logistics, use of services by customers and management of products’ end of life).
In addition to the emissions generated in one year of activities, we have adopted a method to quantify the so-called Enabling Effects (Scope 4) i.e. the emissions avoided by the customers thanks to the use of our services (e.g. video conferencing, housing, hosting, remote working and digital services).
Each year the emissions that our customers avoid emitting into the atmosphere thanks to the use of our services exceed the amount of emissions generated by Fastweb and by all related activities to produce them.
Only in 2019, thanks to our products and services our customers avoided 185,000 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.