Carbon abatement:
Solutions for a more sustainable world

Advanced communications technology is enabling millions of consumers and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. According to the GeSI Digital with Purpose Report, by 2030 digital technologies are expected to deliver reductions in carbon emissions equivalent to nearly seven times the size of the growth in information and communications technology (ICT) sector emissions over the same period. As a leading ICT company in the U.S., we recognize that our connected solutions can help customers save energy and significantly reduce their carbon emissions.

We work with nonprofit Carbon Trust to measure the yearly reduction in CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions achieved by our customers by using our products and services. In 2019, our solutions enabled the avoidance of 8.8 million metric tons of CO2e, equivalent to taking 1.9 million cars off the road for one year. The emissions avoided represent approximately 1.99 times the emissions generated by Verizon’s operations (Scope 1 and 2 emissions). Our goal is for our networks and connected solutions to save more than double the amount of emissions that our operations create by 2022.

Emissions source

Verizon solution

User

Measurement

CO2e avoided
(metric tons)

Emissions source

Business travel

Verizon solution

Telecommuting

User

U.S.-based customers

Measurement

Reduction in miles driven (gallons of gas not used)

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

2,838,561

Emissions source

Transportation

Verizon solution

Telematics

User

U.S.-based drivers

Measurement

Reduction in miles driven (gallons of gas not used)

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

2,605,498

Emissions source

Buildings

Verizon solution

Smart building management

User

U.S. businesses, city & state governments

Measurement

Reduction in kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy used

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

2,018

Emissions source

Power grids

Verizon solution

Smart meters & demand response units

User

U.S. utilities, businesses
& customers

Measurement

Reduction in kWh of energy (reduced transmission & distribution losses, lowered peak demand & enhanced energy efficiency)

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

2,399,797

Emissions source

Health care

Verizon solution

Remote patient monitoring

User

Patients, medical professionals

Measurement

Reduction in miles driven (gallons of gas not used) & number of days in hospital

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

156,890

Emissions source

Parking

Verizon solution

Smart parking meters

User

U.S.-based drivers

Measurement

Reduction in miles driven (gallons of gas not used)

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

52,191

Emissions source

Production of goods

Verizon solution

Dematerialization

User

U.S.-based customers

Measurement

Reduction in production of physical products (including newspapers, CDs, DVDs, etc.)

CO2e avoided (metric tons)

749,362