Emissions Profile

We’re committed to cutting our carbon intensity in half by 2020.

Since 2009, we have improved our carbon intensity by 48 percent.

Measuring carbon intensity allows us to assess how we are becoming more energy efficient even as our business expands. The year-over-year decrease from 2014 to 2015 was 14 percent. Key drivers for this significant reduction include a record increase in data throughput, combined with lower than expected energy consumption.

Below, you can see emissions by scope (MtCO2e) and the major sources of Verizon's CO2e emissions.

Scope

2013

2014

2015

YoY change

Scope 1

438,414

487,082

445,704

-8%

Scope 2

5,047,406

5,452,013

5,529,153

1%

Scope 1 & 2 total

5,485,820

5,939,095

5,974,857

1%

Scope 3

57,213

43,987

43,333

-1%

Source

Total percentage

Emissions

Electricity and other indirect sources

92.5%

5,529,153

Vehicle fuels

5%

295,334

Building and other fuels

2.5%

150,370

We are on track to meeting our goal.

We have made significant progress towards meeting our overall goal and will be determining a new goal, reflective of our many recent acquisitions and divestitures, in the near future.

Below, you can view the carbon dioxide equivalent per terabyte reduction since our 2009 baseline.

Year

Percentage of carbon reduction

2015

48%

2014

40%

2013

40%

2012

31%

2011

29%

2010

18%

Ernst & Young independent review