NTT in Japan aims for carbon neutrality by 2040

TOKYO – Japanese telecommunications conglomerate Nippon Telegraph & Telephone aims to achieve carbon neutrality by fiscal year 2040 by using more renewable energy and operating new grid infrastructure that uses less energy, announced Tuesday the society.

NTT aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by fiscal year 2030 compared to 2013 levels, in its own operations and also in other energy sources. It says its NTT Docomo mobile phone business and data centers will be carbon neutral by 2030.

NTT revised its climate commitments from last year, after the Japanese government announced its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The company had previously aimed to increase the use of renewables to over 30% of total consumption by fiscal year 2030, but it has now significantly increased the target to 80%. It will produce half of the renewable energy it uses.

By 2040, the company also hopes to reduce greenhouse gases through the implementation of its next-generation broadband infrastructure, Innovative Optical and Wireless Network, or IOWN. IOWN should consume less energy than other networks.

“We aim to achieve both the conflicting goals of zero environmental damage and economic growth, through business activities and innovations that push boundaries,” Jun Sawada, CEO of NTT, told a press conference. .

The company said that if the increase in data traffic would mean a doubling of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 from 2013 levels, IOWN and its renewable energy production would offset some of those emissions.

Building and operating renewable facilities will cost an additional 10 billion yen ($ 90 million) by 2030, Sawada said. On the other hand, he said a series of management and work-style reforms, including digital transformation, will help cut costs by more than 200 billion yen by fiscal year 2023 compared to to 2017 levels, in addition to the previous target of reducing by 800 billion yen.

NTT also announced that it would put in place an internal carbon pricing system, which would take into account the carbon cost of procurement, by fiscal year 2022.

NTT Docomo also announced on Tuesday that it aims to increase the consumption of renewable energy to offset its 5G operations with a view to promoting “green 5G” from October. The company will increase the use of renewable energy in its stores and work with suppliers to reduce emissions.

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