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Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions data.

As most of our greenhouse gas emissions originate from energy use in our network, this is the main focus for our energy efficiency programs.

We are applying a series of energy efficiency measures across our network infrastructure, including an extensive program of equipment ‘swaps’ where existing units are being replaced and enhanced with more efficient equipment. Other initiatives are illustrated in table below.

We are increasing the extent of tower sharing with other operators and this can have a positive effect on energy consumption and other environmental factors, particularly where future agreements will involve a greater level of ‘active’ infrastructure sharing. We are including energy consumption targets in new network management outsourcing agreements.

In 2016 we expect to complete the WIND merger, as well as a merger of our Jazz business with Warid in Pakistan. These transactions would lead to extensive consolidation of base stations, typically resulting in decommissioning of approximately 20% of sites.

Network Energy Efficiency initiatives

Number of radio base stations 

201520142013
Radio access network – energy efficiency initiatives

FREE-COOLING UNITS

Potential to reduce site energy consumption by 20 to 25% – we are introducing free-cooling units in indoor Radio Access Network (RAN) sites

11,99611,74211,577

HYBRID UNITS

Sharing the power load between batteries and diesel generators when the power grid is unavailable can cut diesel usage and carbon emissions by up to 20%

8,1707,6713,768

OUTDOOR UNITS

Most of the new sites are built in ‘outdoor’ cabinets instead of the traditional ‘indoor’ shelters, saving operational energy required by up to 50%. Where possible we swap existing indoor sites into outdoor cabinets

28,10924,18318,845

POWER SAVING FEATURES

Switching off some radio elements that are not needed when the traffic is low reduces energy consumption of base stations by 20 to 30% depending on the site configuration

58,26938,28546,537

 

Coverage of mobile telecommunication services

Number of markets
Population coverage %2015  2014  2013  
Radio access network – energy efficiency initiatives

 

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95-100

610610410

90-95

110110200

85-90

300300300

80-85

000000010

70-80

211110200

50-70

041030030

0-50

041140020

No deployment

01902120411

 

Network Quality – Bit-rate from public crowdsourcing (Open Signal)

Bit-rate downlink

Last 6 month averageNumber of markets
MBPS20152014*2013*

5.0-10.0

1N/AN/A

3.0-5.0

1N/AN/A

1.0-3.0

9N/AN/A

0.0-1.0

1N/AN/A

 

12N/AN/A

*Not previously reported.

 

The growth in subscriptions from 2000 to 2014 (source ITU)

Mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 
 20002014

Algeria

0.2792.95

Armenia

0.57115.92

Bangladesh

0.2180.04

Georgia

4.11124.94

Italy

74.13154.25

Kazakhstan

1.35172.19

Kyrgyzstan

0.18134.46

Pakistan

0.2173.33

Russia

2.22155.14

Tajikistan

0.0295.13

Ukraine

1.67144.08

Uzbekistan

0.2178.42

Jazz saves 39.5 million liters of diesel since 2013

With power outages often lasting up to 16 hours a day in Pakistan, Jazz’s base stations run on diesel when the grid fails. In 2015, the company continued to adapt base stations to use hybrid battery systems, meaning they only revert to diesel once the batteries run down. In this way, diesel use dropped from 67 million liters in 2013, to 41 million liters in 2014, and now to 27.5 million liters.

 

WIND meets emission reduction targets

In 2015, WIND achieved the emission targets defined as part of the WIND-WWF partnership on energy and climate, reducing emissions per unit of traffic by 34% compared to 2013 on the basis of energy efficiency measures. This was supported by an increase in renewable energy purchased, from 30% to 70%.

In March, WIND was the main partner of ‘Earth Hour’, the worldwide WWF event for raising awareness of climate change, supporting it with an online campaign. In December, WIND was supporting the Christmas WWF campaign ‘save the humans’ through a mobile and social media campaign.

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