23/06/2017 | SustainabilityFastweb ultrafast broadband, 19 new cities with up to 200 megabytes per secondFaster than ever browsing at home or out and about, thanks to the WOW FI service
We are committed to contributing to one of the main challenges for our generation: combating climate change. We have set ambitious goals to reduce our carbon footprint approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We constantly monitor our environmental impacts, we invest to make our network infrastructure more efficient in terms of the usage of electrical energy, which we purchase 100% from renewable sources, and we design efficient products and services.
Reducing the impact on climate change, especially as regards the growth in energy consumption related to the exponential increase of data traffic, is one of the key environmental challenges in the telecommunication sector. Fastweb is one of the first companies in Italy to have made a concrete commitment to contributing to the containment of global warming and to obtain the approval of its emission reduction targets from the Science Based Targets initiative.
100% of the energy purchased by Fastweb is produced from renewable sources. This enables us to avoid every year the emission of over 60,000 tons of CO2eq.
We are committed to constantly improving the energy efficiency of our infrastructure; the energy intensity (ratio of energy consumption to traffic volumes) of our network has decreased by 69% in the last 5 years. In 2020, in particular, we have recorded a 34% decrease compared with 2019.
The Fastweb Data Centre of Milan, certified as Tier IV by the New York Uptime Institute, was carefully designed regarding environmental sustainability and with a focus on reducing pollution, and is powered by energy solely from renewable sources. Thanks to an innovative cooling system, it has high energy efficiency (Power Use Effectiveness PUE 1.25): every year, 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions are saved, the equivalent of 60 flights between Milan and Rome. The Milan data centre is among the 6% least polluting data centres in the world.
The transfer to the new Nexxt offices in Milan, thanks to the high energy efficiency of that structure, has resulted in a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared with the previous offices.
Fastweb is a plastic free company and has joined the campaign launched by the Minister of the Environment #IoSonoAmbiente (I am the environment) for the elimination of disposable plastics. In all the Fastweb offices, all plastic glasses, spoons and bottles have been eliminated. In addition, some awareness-raising actions and seminars on the reduction of environmental impact involving all personnel, were promoted.
With its brand name or label “Fastweb for sustainability”, Fastweb identifies all the package offerings that allow customers to reduce their environmental impact including electrical power consumption, paper consumption or travel by private or public transport. The calculation of the environmental benefit of the services identified has been “Approved by Legambiente”, which has verified and validated the methodology adopted and confirmed the data indicated for each product.