Environment|Emissions & Carbon Intensity

More progress toward our goals

We aggressively pursue strategies to reduce emissions and drive greater energy efficiency across Verizon’s operations. More than 92 percent of Verizon’s emissions come from the electricity we use to power our networks. We place a particular emphasis on increasing the energy efficiency of our larger wireless core data centers.

In pursuit of our goal to reduce carbon intensity by one-half by 2025 compared to our 2016 baseline, we focus on increasing our use of renewable energy and on initiatives like copper-to-fiber migrations, facilities improvements and changes in our fleet operations.

We are pursuing opportunities for continued, sustained progress and will continue to measure and disclose our performance against the 2025 carbon intensity goal. Our results are independently assured. We commissioned independent external assurance of our Scope 1, 2 and 3 (exclusively business travel) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon intensity for 2017 and reported the results in our 2018 CDP Climate Change Response (cdp.net) and on our corporate site. In 2017, we achieved a 28 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of our operations against our 2016 baseline. We are currently undergoing independent external assurance of our 2018 GHG emissions and carbon intensity and will report the results when they become available. For more information, please refer to our GHG Emissions Reporting Standards.

Our emissions by scope (CO2e metric tons)

  2015 2016 2017 % Change
2016-2017
Scope 1 445,704 372,496 376,735 +1.1%
Scope 2 5,529,153 5,529,727 4,522,261 -18.2%
Total Scope
1 & 2
5,974,897 5,632,222 4,898,996 -13%
Scope 3* 43,333 91,365 69,271 -24%

* Exclusively business travel.

Scopes 1, 2 and 3

All direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, with the main categories being fuel to power our fleet, heat our buildings and power our back-up generators.

Indirect emissions sources generated off-site, but purchased by Verizon. The main category is electricity to power our networks and data centers, plus a small amount of steam and heat purchased to heat our buildings.

Emissions from corporate business travel (air and rail) based on travel reservations.

Our carbon intensity progress

28%
improvement toward our 2025 carbon intensity goal

Emissions profile (CO2e metric tons)

Electricity and other indirect sources
4,522,261
92%

Vehicle fuels
237,848
5%

Building and other fuels
138,887
3%

We are currently undergoing independent external assurance of our 2018 GHG emissions and carbon intensity. We will report our results later in 2019.