The pandemic accelerated the Philippine’s digital transition and reliance on digital means such as the internet to work and study from home, as well as run personal errands. With more internet users, increasing site density and upgrading equipment is crucial to better connectivity so in parallel, Globe eyed to build 2,000 sites in 2021. This expansion, however, meant that Globe’s energy requirements and potential emissions might increase if not properly managed.
Recognizing this, Globe started its decarbonization journey by buying renewable energy bundled with verified carbon offsets through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) aligned with the Philippine’s policy on renewable energy. Globe currently enrols high demand facilities and looks forward to enrolling lower energy demand facilities with the recent policy updates. By purchasing renewable energy from Retail Electricity Suppliers (RES), Globe aims to encourage more investments towards clean energy in support of the Philippine’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitment to reduce 75% of emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement.
To complement the shift to renewable energy, Globe has also deployed over 7,400 green network solutions such as fuel cell systems, direct current (DC)-Hybrid Generator, free cooling system, and lithium-ion batteries to achieve energy and resource efficiency in its cell sites. These solutions use cleaner fuel with lower emissions, consume less diesel fuel, and provide energy-efficient heat removal.
To date, Globe has 13 key facilities, including its headquarters, running on 100% renewable energy. In 2020, Globe had a total of 7 key facilities running on renewable energy through PPAs and was able to acquire a total of 12,304 metric tons of carbon emission offset with the issuance of Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction (VER) Certificates.
Finally, Globe has laid the groundwork to pilot and certify an Energy Management System (ISO 50001) in some of its key facilities and eventually rollout for an enterprise-wide implementation.
All these programs are part of Globe’s climate action strategy, anchored on the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the Science Based Target Initiative with Race to Zero. Globe is addressing climate change by taking strategic steps towards reducing its short-term and long-term emissions aligned with the 1.5°C global warming scenario as part of its commitment to the SBTi and the 2050 carbon neutrality target by Race to Zero.
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