of the world  
around us.

Read about our efforts
in the 2018 Corporate
Responsibility Report.

Committed to reducing our carbon intensity.

Throughout our operations, we have adopted strategies to minimize Verizon’s environmental impact and drive greater efficiency.

Our success to date in reducing carbon intensity has been made possible by copper-to-fiber migrations, investments in green energy, building improvements and changes in our fleet operations.

Having exceeded the goal we set in 2009 to reduce our carbon intensity by 50% by 2020, we have set a new goal to cut our carbon intensity in half over 2016 levels by 2025. As of year-end 2017, we’ve already reduced our carbon intensity by 28%.

2025 Goal 50% reduction in carbon intensity from our 2016 baseline

Helping customers reduce carbon emissions.

Verizon’s connected solutions – from telematics to smart meters to remote patient monitoring – help our customers save energy and reduce their carbon emissions. We work with the Carbon Trust to measure the yearly reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions our customers are achieving through the use of our products and services. 

We set a new goal that by 2022, Verizon’s networks and connected solutions will save more than two times the amount of global emissions that our operations create. This work supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8, decoupling economic growth from emissions and promoting resource efficiency.

Sustainable Development Goals

2017 carbon abatement

2017 carbon abatement table

In 2017, our  

  • 7.7M
    metric tons
    of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions eliminated
  • 1.5M
    equivalent # of cars
    removed from the road for one year
  • 138%
    of Verizon’s 2016 operational emissions (Scope 1 & 2)

Our practices

Verizon solar panels

Investing in  
green energy.

Over the past six years, Verizon has made it a priority to deploy more green energy resources — such as solar and fuel cell technology — into our facilities. We’ve set a new goal to add 24MW of green energy in our operations by 2025. 

Also, we have committed to sourcing renewable energy equivalent to 50 percent of our total electricity usage by 2025. For a company of our size, this is a significant undertaking. But it’s one we feel we have a responsibility to support for the benefit of all society.

In 2017, our customers returned million s of devices for recycling. 100% of devices returned were re purposed, reused or recycled.

Requiring device  
recycling practices.

Our practices for recycling batteries exceed regulatory mandates. Verizon sends materials from U.S. operations for recycling to approved facilities which are audited at least every five years. In addition, we require suppliers to send their used batteries to approved recycling facilities that meet Verizon’s Environmental, Health and Safety Standards.

Through our device recycling program, we reward customers who recycle their wireless devices and keep them out of landfills.

Water Meter

water consumption.

Having exceeded our goal for water consumption in 2017, we set a new goal: to reduce water usage by 15% over our 2016 level by 2025.