Business travel

Distance flown on business flights

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Distance flown on business flights (thousand km) 269,364 202,8571 216,7192

Notes:

  1. Excludes data from India, Qatar and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  2. Excludes data from India and Qatar.

Number of video-conferencing units available

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Number of video-conferencing units available 1,621 1,887 2,069

Resource use

Total volume of water used

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Total volume of water used (million litres) 1,092 1,0371 1,4722

Notes:

  1. Data for Qatar, India and Tanzania is based on estimates from previous records. Data from Lesotho and DRC was not available, and is therefore excluded.
  2. Data for India and New Zealand is based on estimates from previous records (approximately 10% of the total figure). Data from DRC was not available and is therefore excluded from the total.

Total Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) of refrigerants and fire suppressants replenished during the year

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Total Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) of refrigerants and fire suppressants replenished during the year (kg CFC-11 equivalent) 6251 1022 5473

Notes:

  1. 2011/12 data does not include India, Qatar or South Africa.
  2. 2012/13 data does not include Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Qatar or Tanzania.
  3. 2013/14 data does not include India, Lesotho or Mozambique.

Network equipment waste generated

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Network equipment waste generated (tonnes) 14,5321 10,9952 11,4773

Notes:

  1. Data for India and Egypt is based on receipts from authorised waste contractors which only include large consignments of waste.
  2. Data excludes DRC, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Qatar and Tanzania. Data for Egypt is based on receipts from authorised waste contractors which only include large consignments of waste. Value restated since last year to correct value from UK.
  3. Data excludes Ghana, India, Lesotho, Qatar and Tanzania. Data for Egypt is based on receipts from authorised waste contractors which only include large consignments of waste.

Network equipment waste sent for reuse and recycling

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Network equipment waste sent for reuse and recycling (%) 98 99 99

Environmental compliance

Environmental compliance

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Amount of fines for environmental regulation breaches (£) 80,225 131,511 139,234

Energy use1, 2

Total energy consumption

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Total energy consumption (GWh) 4,454 4,723 5,2183
of which, energy sourced from renewables (%) 18 16 15

Notes:

  1. Data for Qatar for 2011/12 and 2012/13 is estimated based on an extrapolation of data from 2010/11 aligned with network growth.
  2. Data includes energy used to power our network and buildings, but does not include fuel for travel.
  3. Data for Ghana has been estimated at the same value as for 2012/13.

Total network energy use by source

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Total network energy use by source (GWh) 3,946 4,180 4,687
Grid 2,957 3,163 3,651
Grid renewable 730 714 738
Local market-owned renewable (micro-renewable) 3 3 5
Diesel 247 293 280
Other 8 6 12

Minimising our carbon footprint

We report our total carbon emissions with and without green tariff electricity due to uncertainties that remain around the carbon accounting of green tariff electricity in Europe. Green energy purchased from the grid (‘green tariff’) is rated as having zero carbon emissions when the net CO2 emissions figure is being considered. However, we also report this energy as producing carbon emissions at the prevailing national grid rate (i.e. gross CO2 emissions) due to the external uncertainty about carbon accounting for green tariff energy. Please see notes 2–3 to the CO2 emissions reporting table (below) for further information on how we report gross and net CO2.

Net CO2e emissions (Scope 1 and 2)

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Net CO2e emissions1 (Scope 1 and 2) (million tonnes) (emissions of greenhouse gases from energy to power our network and buildings, from fuel used by fleet, and losses from refrigerants and fire suppressants, expressed as CO2-equivalents) 2.232 2.363 2.554

Notes:

  1. Green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.
  2. Data excludes refrigerants and fire suppressants data from India.
  3. Data excludes refrigerants and fire suppressant data from Czech Republic, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Qatar or Tanzania.
  4. Data excludes refrigerants and fire suppressant emissions from India, Lesotho, Qatar or Tanzania. Data for Ghana has been estimated at the same values as for 2012/13.

Gross CO2 emissions

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Gross CO2 emissions1 (Scope 1 and 2) (million tonnes) (CO2 emissions from the energy to power our network and buildings and from fuel used by our vehicle fleet) 2.59 2.67 2.86
of which, net total CO2 emissions (million tonnes)2 2.20 2.32 2.48
of which, CO2 emissions from green tariff energy (million tonnes) 0.39 0.35 0.38

Notes:

  1. Green tariff energy is included with emissions being calculated using the conversion rate for normal grid electricity.
  2. Green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.

Net CO2 emissions (mature markets)

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Net CO2 emissions (mature markets)1 (million tonnes) 1.00 1.01 1.18

Notes:

  1. Green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.

Net CO2 emissions (emerging markets)

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Net CO2 emissions (emerging markets)1 (million tonnes) 1.20 1.31 1.30

Notes:

  1. Green tariff energy is included with a carbon intensity of zero.

CO2 emissions reporting (tonnes CO2)

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  Mature markets1 Emerging markets1 Total
  2006/07 base year 2012/13 2013/14 2012/13 2013/14 2012/13 2013/14
Gross emissions2
Base stations Electricity 695,292 872,715 906,223 556,748 577,739 1,429,462 1,483,962
Diesel 24,532 16,445 14,378 228,475 223,822 244,920 238,200
Other 1,938 141 105 2,426 2,421 2,566 2,526
Total 721,762 889,301 920,705 787,648 803,982 1,676,949 1,724,688
Other network Electricity 308,871 281,950 450,632 317,081 319,561 599,031 770,193
Diesel 473 634 1,155 15,349 9,475 15,983 10,629
Natural gas 6,943 472 1,770 19 0 491 1,770
Other 0 37 33 70 70 107 103
Total 316,287 283,093 453,589 332,519 329,106 615,612 782,694
Offices Electricity 128,309 94,099 91,923 130,659 112,890 224,758 204,812
Diesel 1,439 115 120 3,135 2,679 3,250 2,799
Natural gas 11,361 8,567 12,371 58 57 8,625 12,428
Other 0 14,715 12,068 9 9 14,724 12,077
Total 141,108 117,497 116,482 133,861 115,635 251,358 232,117
Retail Electricity 23,546 21,121 19,891 15,871 14,698 36,992 34,589
Diesel 0 9 1 1,639 1,105 1,648 1,106
Natural gas 1,236 1,615 1,618 0 0 1,615 1,618
Other 0 185 145 5 5 190 150
Total 24,782 22,931 21,654 17,515 15,807 40,446 37,462
Travel Road 61,496 48,038 42,622 39,499 38,250 87,537 80,871
Total 1,265,435 1,360,859 1,555,052 1,311,042 1,302,780 2,671,901 2,857,832
Emissions from renewable tariffs3
Base stations Green tariff -148,689 -236,734 -272,401 0 0 -236,734 -272,401
Other network Green tariff -54,186 -93,382 -87,391 0 0 -93,382 -87,391
Offices Green tariff -19,320 -17,727 -15,953 0 0 -17,727 -15,953
Retail Green tariff -5,489 -3,112 -1,480 0 0 -3,112 -1,480
Total -227,683 -350,955 -377,224 0 0 -350,955 -377,224
Total net emissions4
Total 1,037,752 1,009,904 1,177,828 1,311,042 1,302,780 2,320,946 2,480,607
Scope 3 emissions5
Travel Air 0 44,521 41,397 9,363 14,386 53,883 55,783
Indian shared base station sites         1,648,095 1,463,170 1,648,095 1,463,170

Notes:

  1. CO2 emissions are provided for mature markets (Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, UK) and emerging markets (Albania, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, India, Lesotho, Malta, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa, Tanzania and Turkey).
  2. Gross CO2 emissions are total CO2 emissions before accounting for any emissions reductions that have been purchased or sold. For grid electricity, emissions have been calculated using a kWh to CO2 conversion factor based on one of the following sources (in order of priority):
    • Conversion factors provided by our energy suppliers
    • Conversion factors provided by governments or other national bodies
    • DEFRA conversion factors (2013) or IEA (2011) where unavailable.

    For the purposes of calculating gross CO2 emissions, electricity generated from renewables purchased under a green tariff and transmitted through the national grid has been included, with emissions being calculated using the conversion rate for normal grid electricity.

  3. CO2 emissions associated with renewable tariffs have been reported separately using the conversion factor for normal grid electricity. Renewable tariffs include electricity purchased under ‘green’ energy tariffs backed by evidence of renewable supply and transmitted through the national grid.
  4. Net CO2 emissions have been calculated by subtracting emissions associated with renewable energy and emissions from sales of renewable energy back to the grid from gross CO2 emissions. This means that CO2 emissions associated with green tariff energy are assumed to be zero. It is unlikely that renewable energy is truly zero carbon; for example, there will be carbon associated with manufacturing and maintaining the renewable energy generator equipment. However, due to the current lack of clear international guidance on how to estimate the carbon emissions associated with renewable energy, it is counted as zero carbon here.
  5. Scope 3 emissions are those associated with activities which are outside of Vodafone’s direct control.