AT&T and Verizon collectively use millions of megawatts of power for their networks and, until recently, that's largely come from fossil fuels.
Thanks to consumer pressure, since our campaign launched, we've seen significant movement in shifting the industry to clean energy!
AT&T has announced purchase agreements for 1.5 gigawatts of renewable energy. A major step forward, but it still has not committed to 100 percent. Verizon has finally taken steps of progress by acquiring 130 megawatts of wind energy, but has a long way to go to reach its goal of 50 percent clean energy.
Telecom's Energy Impact
AT&T is a company with $163 billion in sales serving 150 million wireless subscribers in the US and Mexico. Verizon has annual revenues of $126 billion per year with about 146 million subscribers, and uses over 10 million MW of power per year.
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.
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.
Both companies need to rapidly increase their use of solar and wind, and decrease dirty energy, including coal and natural gas.
Both companies need to set clear climate emissions reductions goals that lead to a rapid decrease in emissions in the next decade.