The employees of Sprint take global climate change seriously. Talk is great; action is better. That’s why we back up our stance with company-wide planning, effort and resources.
Sprint has the most aggressive climate change goals of any wireless carrier in the country. We’re proud of that, but we think it’s important to use a more ambitious measuring stick. Our goals also align with climate science in the effort to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.
Sprint has a sizeable presence with thousands of stores, millions of customers and billions of dollars in operating costs. Therefore, we have a sizeable opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint, while setting an example for competitors and customers.
We’re taking advantage of the opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes strong action to substantially reduce our own total emissions. We also have influence over our supply chain partners to reduce their emissions. We work with product and service developers to reduce the emissions associated with our value chain. And we advocate for changes to help reduce emissions at all levels, both inside and outside our own walls.
The three areas that guide our energy management efforts include:
- Reducing our own carbon footprint (direct and indirect emissions)
- Creating solutions that help customers reduce their emissions
- Using our influence to reduce the emissions of others
Our energy management efforts continue to be widely recognized. Sprint was named to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2015 Performance Leadership Index and to their Supplier A List 2015. And, for the fifth consecutive year, Sprint was named to the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America list.
Reducing our own footprint
Our first priority is reducing our own emissions. We have set four credible, science-based GHG emissions goals:
- Reducing GHG emissions by an absolute 20 percent by 2017
- Reducing electricity use by an absolute 20 percent by 2017
- Reducing GHG intensity (per terabyte of traffic on the network) by 75 percent by 2017
- Securing 10 percent of electrical energy from renewable sources by 2017
We’re making tangible progress toward these goals. We’ve already achieved three of these goals ahead of schedule. You can see our progress against these goals by downloading our 2015 scorecard
. By achieving these goals, we save stress to the environment, and we also expect to save over $100 million per year.
Creating solutions to reduce our customers' emissions
Our business solutions help other businesses reduce waste and save money. Whether its enabling a remote workforce, reducing trucks or cars needed or automating processes to eliminate time and paper, Sprint solutions are helping our business customers meet both their environmental and financial goals.
Sprint is an industry leader in fleet management and now offers solutions in many categories that provide environmental benefits. One of our newer solutions provides in-vehicle monitoring of driver behavior for auto insurance companies. The driving data allows the insurance company to offer rate plans that vary based on actual driver behavior, so you get safer drivers and smarter insurance. The service includes a smartphone app that lets drivers see how their vehicle’s health, idling, high speed and acceleration affect the environment. Read about this and other solutions on Sprint’s business website
Using our influence effectively
Sprint employees firmly believe it’s our company’s responsibility to influence and encourage others to reduce their emissions. This includes working with our suppliers, industry peers, government agents, nonprofits, policy makers and regulators.
We even put policy to paper. Sprint published a supplier guide
, setting guardrails and giving suppliers advice in the areas of materiality assessment, greenhouse gas measurement and reporting criteria of Sprint.
There’s tremendous energy that goes into such efforts. It doesn’t go unnoticed by the industry, our customers or the employees. Sprint employees take pride in working for a communications company that’s also in the business of taking action to protect our planet.