Measures for reducing energy use and GHG emissions

Measures for reducing energy use and GHG emissions

Climate change is a global problem affecting the environment, the society and economic development. According to the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change is already occurring and is related to anthropogenic activities. Consequently at global, EU and national levels, there are on-going formal or informal consultations regarding the formulation of an effective set of policies and measures for climate change mitigation not only at public but also at private level. OTE's contribution in dealing with the climate change consists of adopting practices to reduce emissions and developing products and services that contribute to GHG emissions reduction. At the same time these practices have been found to contribute to the reduction of the Company’s operating cost.
In this context, we aim at:

  • the utilization of Renewable Energy Sources
  • the adoption of energy conservation practices
  • the reduction of road transportation activity
  • the design and development of products and services that contribute to climate change mitigation

GHG emissions avoided as a result of the initiatives undertaken by OTE in 2010 are estimated at 6,000 t CO2 eq (around 2% of total GHG emissions from the operation of OTE in 2010). This reduction was estimated taking into account recycling, use of renewable energies, the operation of HELP-DESKs & Call Centers, services provided to telecommunication Operators, natural gas penetration, teleconferences for the operational needs of OTE and personnel transportation.
In addition, OTE actively participates (through its membership to European and international organizations, see Building ties with the Marketplacefor more information) in the public consultation for climate change mitigation. In this context, OTE, as a member of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), signed the Guadalajara ICT Declaration for Transformative Low-Carbon Solutions, regarding the contribution of the ICT sector to climate change mitigation.