According to the EPA’s Green House Gas Equivalency Calculator, the two companies’ combined electricity usage is enough to power 2.6 million homes. To address climate change, we need to be moving away from fossil fuels, and companies like AT&T and Verizon that state they are environmentally conscious should be leading the effort towards a fossil free future. We've seen major progress in the past two years, but there's still a long way to go to clean up wireless.
T-Mobile made a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2021 and announced reaching its goal at the end of 2021. However, approximately 50% of this renewable energy is from unbundled RECS, which do not guarantee new solar or wind installations.
Energy & Environmental Justice
The three largest telecom companies - AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile - have a great deal of influence on the energy companies they do business with and the communities they serve.
Green America worked with our colleagues to create energy justice standards that all communication giants need to address to advance issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. See the energy justice standards for the telecommunications industry in part 1 of our report Calling for a Just, Clean Transition.
AT&T and Verizon need to adopt a goal of 100% clean energy by 2025, along with overall carbon emission reduction goals and a timeline to get there.
T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T need to rapidly increase their contracts that put new solar and wind on the grid to replace dirty energy, including coal and natural gas.
All three telecoms need to set clear climate emissions reductions goals that lead to a rapid decrease in emissions in the next decade.
The big telecom companies, ATT, Verizon, and T-Mobile use massive amounts of electricity and bring in enormous revenues. Green America investigated the clean energy use of major telecom companies and whether the energy they use advances energy justice.
In Part 1, we discuss the challenges to stabilizing our global climate and actions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on emissions stemming from the production of electricity, which accounts for 25% of climate change-inducing pollution.
When our Hang Up on Fossil Fuels campaign began in 2017, a small fraction of Verizon's massive network was powered by clean energy. But since then, there's been major progress thanks to the thousands of people across the US who have signed our…
While forward-thinking tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google have committed to running on 100% renewables and are investing in facilities powered by renewable energy, AT&T and Verizon continue source the majority of their energy from dirty energy sources.
Join Green America and our partners in calling on the world’s ten biggest chocolate companies, including Hershey, Godiva, Mars, and Nestle, to finally put an end to child labor in cocoa and an end to deforestation!
It’s officially been one year since Verizon issued a $1 billion green bond to, in part, help the company reach its goal of 50 percent clean energy by 2025. In 2019, its major competitors announced new clean energy projects, shifting their…