At Axiata, our vision is to integrate environmental practices into all aspects of our business operations. As a telecommunications provider, our environmental impact is relatively moderate compared to other industries. That being said, we are committed to minimising our environmental footprint by reducing our energy and waste consumption, and cutting carbon emissions of our business operations and those of our operating companies.
Environmentally Friendly Network
Collectively, Axiata serves over 240 million* customers in the region. With population coverage of over 95%, we aim to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations while growing our business. Our primary focus is to improve energy and cost efficiencies in our networks, data centres and operations.
Telecommunications equipment and tower operations, account for a large proportion of our total energy consumption. Therefore, we consider cost, energy usage and environmental impact to be the primary considerations when purchasing our equipment. In the long run, we plan to invest significant funds into converting our mobile towers to more energy efficient technologies, reducing their reliance on non-renewable sources progressively. The roll out of this initiative will be in many stages, and we will continue to monitor our progress to become a more sustainable business entity.
Energy Management System
We have implemented a number of energy optimisation measures that are cost-effective, while at the same time improving the environmental performance of our mobile network growth in the region.
We use free cooling to reduce energy needed for air conditioning at our base stations. The installation of cooling systems at some of our base stations has further improved the energy efficiency of our operations and facilities, resulting in an additional 30,282 GJ of total reduction in overall energy consumption in 2013.
We replace network equipment at our base stations with energy-efficient devices where possible to keep pace with technological innovations, and to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations.
As this is our first year of formal reporting, we plan to use this initial report as the foundation for future performance monitoring, and will include data on energy consumption in future reports.
With a network of more than 39,000 base station sites, our largest environmental footprint is via the direct and indirect energy consumption of our operations. Our Base station sites are primarily powered by the National grid of each country in locations with access to the grid. In areas without access to the national grid, the network is powered by diesel generators and battery bank cells. The direct energy consumption for our entire network comes up to 3,721,817 GJ for the year 2013. The XL network, registers the largest amount of direct energy consumption as most of their towers are without access to the Indonesian National grid.
Of the OpCos, Celcom currently has the highest dependency on the country national grid energy supply. As a result, Celcom’s indirect energy consumption is the highest out of the OpCo’s.
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