Wireless network operator T-Mobile U.S. announced today a new target to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its entire value chain by 2040, including those produced by suppliers and through customer device usage, in addition to the company’s own operations.
According to the company, the move makes T-Mobile the first U.S. wireless company to set a net-zero goal for all Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions that has been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) through its Net Zero Standard.
Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO, said:
“We are proud that we are doing our part to create a sustainable future for all – including becoming the first in U.S. wireless to set this bold target. And we hope companies like ours — and the partners and suppliers we work alongside — will join us in setting their own aggressive longer-term goals like these.”
T-Mobile also announced that it has joined The Climate Pledge, an initiative co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019 to create a cross-sector community of companies and organizations committed to achieving net-zero 10 years ahead of The Paris Agreement.
Companies that sign onto the Climate Pledge agree to numerous steps, including measuring and reporting GHG emissions on a regular basis, implementing decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, neutralizing any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040
Sally Fouts, Global Lead of The Climate Pledge at Amazon, said:
“We’re excited that T-Mobile is signing The Climate Pledge and committing to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early. T-Mobile has set and achieved aggressive renewable energy and carbon reduction goals across its operations, and we’re thrilled to see the comprehensive and thoughtful pathway they have charted to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040.”
Janice Kapner, Chief Communications and Corporate Responsibility Officer at T-Mobile, added:
“While T-Mobile’s net-zero goal is a decades-long endeavor, we know how important it is to take definitive actions now to reduce our environmental impact for future generations. We’re committed to measurable progress and holding ourselves accountable with strong governance practices, consistent and transparent reporting, and ongoing collaboration with leading sustainability experts.”