We have been recognised by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) on the Global Climate Change Index as one of three Australian companies to receive an A rating for our actions to improve our environmental performance.

The CDP 2018 Climate A List comprises 127 companies from around the world that have been identified as leading in their efforts and actions to address climate change. In 2018, three ASX-listed companies made the Climate A List – Telstra, BHP and Stockland.

At Telstra, as we strive to be a world class technology company, we accept our responsibility to help facilitate low-carbon growth, to minimise our emissions, and to improve community resilience to a changing climate. We believe that business has an important role to play in addressing global warming.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions we invested $5 million in improving the energy efficiency of our facilities in the last year, including installing new lighting and air conditioning controls, as well as retiring inefficient cooling systems and improving our fault detection. We’ve also invested in solar photovoltaic installations and combined energy storage throughout the year, helping deliver savings of over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and more than 18,000 MWh in energy usage.

We know that moving to the cloud can be extremely advantageous for businesses, not only for efficiency and cost savings but also in reducing carbon emissions. To make it clearer and easier for our partners to see the difference and make the switch, we launched our Cloud Calculator tool to estimate businesses’ carbon, cost and time savings when moving to our cloud service.

We also produced the Australian SMARTer2030 report in partnership with Fujitsu to promote the potential of sustainable information and communication technologies for business and government – not only in lowering costs, but in enabling savings of 188 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030.

Importantly, we’ve working to achieve our ambitious target to reduce our carbon emissions intensity per petabyte of data used across our networks – with a goal to cut this by 50 per cent over the three-year period from FY18 to FY20.

Improving our environmental performance also means stepping up to support renewable energy projects in Australia. In the last year, we signed a landmark contract to utilise the entire energy output of the Emerald solar farm in Northern Queensland, and entered into an agreement with partners like ANZ and Coca-Cola Amatil to purchase long-term energy supply from the Murra Warra wind farm in western Victoria.

We’re proud of our recognition in CDP’s 2018 Climate A List, however there is plenty more to do. Telstra is committed to continuing to minimise our own greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our business to build in climate resilience. As a large telecommunications and technology company, we will continue to innovate and leverage technology to help our customers and our communities respond to climate change.