Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) du has committed to achieving net-zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and net-zero scope 3 emissions by 2050 across its UAE operations.
The company said it would focus on key initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, including improving energy efficiency and sourcing renewable energy.
The company said the du Climate Action Plan will provide the company with a clear net-zero carbon emissions roadmap to advance its sustainability plans that positively impact the future of humanity in planning and operating.
Fahad Al Hassawi, chief executive of du, said: “The UAE has been at the forefront of the global fight against climate change, taking aggressive action to reduce the carbon impact of hydrocarbon emissions and leading the energy transition towards a more sustainable future. Private sector takes responsibility for environmental stewardship And it is vital to play an active role in promoting sustainable development. Our net zero goal is aligned with supporting the UAE to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and aims to not only benefit the environment, but also create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for the people of the UAE .”
Advancing a Sustainable Future
du’s Sustainability Report 2022 outlines du’s efforts to support three key sustainability goals – ‘to make people and society happier’, to ‘operate ethically and responsibly’ and to ‘make Our services benefit everyone.” These goals are further grouped into priority areas, which correspond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One of the initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to replace diesel generators with hybrid and solar power. Currently, 200 stations are equipped with an intelligent hybrid system that uses the latest lithium-ion battery technology to reduce diesel consumption and carbon emissions by 50%.
In addition, du increased the number of solar sites by 18 and now has 78 sites with zero carbon emissions. du has introduced a new concept that feeds excess energy back into the grid by installing solar panels on mobile towers – accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the transition to a cleaner, greener planet. Ten of these systems are in operation, and a further 80 towers will be completed by the end of 2023, taking further steps to mitigate climate change.
du recently relocated its headquarters to a new building that adheres to the highest standards of innovation, quality and sustainability. The new headquarters has been designed with a variety of eco-friendly features that have helped du reduce energy consumption. Some other initiatives in 2022 include:
• Replaced all mercury vapor lamps in du warehouses with LED lamps, saving du 419,555 kWh (AED180,408)
• Fujairah call center raises energy efficiency awareness during non-operating hours, saving du 113,067 kWh (AED 48,618)
• These initiatives were replicated at other locations, resulting in a total savings of 30% (AED1,137,638)
The report also outlines du’s focus on environmental initiatives such as biodegradable SIM cards, plastic waste reduction, eco-friendly paper bags and waste management. – trade arab news agency