Carbon Offset Programs Tailored for Telcos
At Thales, we understand that total emissions eradication isn't always achievable.
Hence, we've pioneered a custom carbon offset scheme to balance the remaining emissions from our products' fabrication, production, transport, use, and end-of-life (aka Cradle-to-grave design).
Telcos partnering in our scheme can demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility, which is highly valued in today's ESG-focused business landscape.
Additionally, the carbon offset program aids ESG reporting by providing a clear, quantifiable measure of the telco's emissions reduction efforts, enhancing transparency and strengthening its reputation among stakeholders.
Eco-Design: Embracing 'Life Cycle' Thinking
We minimize our products' energy and resource consumption throughout their lifespan, promoting the recycling and efficient recovery of valuable materials.
This philosophy forms a crucial part of our contribution to the circular economy.
Beyond product design, our strategy prioritizes supply chain optimization to lessen environmental impact.
Our factories are strategically located to optimize both inbound (from suppliers to factories) and outbound (from factories to telcos) transportation distances, further enhancing our commitment to sustainability.
This local supply chain approach trims CO2 emissions, bolsters local economies, and fosters a more resilient and responsive supply chain.
Thales prioritizes sea transportation whenever feasible due to its low carbon footprint.
Despite both air and sea freight having substantial environmental impacts, there's a significant difference in the emissions they produce.
According to a study by Defra, carrying 2 tons of cargo for 5,000 km by a small container ship creates 150kg of CO2e, compared to a staggering 6,605kg of CO2e if transported by plane over the same distance.
The implication for the SIM industry?
Switching to sea freight offers a golden opportunity to trim down CO2 emissions.
Given this, we lean towards sea freight to minimize our carbon footprint, and by situating our factories strategically, we further curb emissions during transit. The net effect for the SIM card industry is a significant reduction in environmental impact.
Our commitment is clear and simple: produce SIM cards near our customers while maintaining efficiency and sustainability. We aim for a minimal environmental impact and a contribution to a robust, local, and sustainable future.
More on this topic: Five Sustainable Ways the SIM Industry Can Close the Loop in the Circular Economy (June 2023 white paper from the Trusted Connectivity Alliance).
In the realm of energy consumption, Thales holds a distinctive stance. With a strong manufacturing presence in Europe, this region has become a vibrant hub for the EcoSIM market.
Located in France, our factory harnesses an electricity grid distinguished for its low carbon emissions, a claim supported by numerous studies.
This sustainable energy choice resonates with global environmental aspirations and gives Thales a competitive edge in an EcoSIM market steered by European eco-friendly benchmarks.
Moreover, for our other factories outside of Europe, we've begun the energy transition by deploying solar panels, marking a significant step in our commitment to renewable energy practices globally.
What is Thales' EcoJourney?
Thales' EcoJourney is an all-encompassing strategy comprising solutions, services, design, and manufacturing practices aimed at promoting sustainability.
Thales' EcoJourney is a tangible expression of the company's dedication to environmental responsibility and sustainable growth.
Exploring the Practical Value of Thales' EcoJourney for Telecom Providers
Though just one route among many, Thales' EcoJourney aims to offer substantial, tangible benefits to the telecom industry.
Our approach intends to contribute to the broader efforts of the telecom sector in reaching its sustainability targets and business goals.
In 2020, Thales received a "Best Practice on Circular Economy" award from the telecom operator sustainability association JAC.
This recognition was given for Thales' concrete initiatives to minimize environmental impact, including using recycled card bodies, half cards, energy-efficient site operations, renewable electricity sourcing, a carbon offset offering, and a life cycle assessment tool implemented for the eco-design of products.
Here is an overview of these benefits:
||Benefits of Thales'EcoJourney
||Thales' EcoJourney includes practices compliant with emerging global environmental regulations, aiding the telecom industry in aligning with these norms and avoiding potential penalties.
||By adopting Thales' sustainable practices, telecom companies can improve their corporate social responsibility profile, enhancing their brand image and reputation among eco-conscious consumers.
||With the growing demand for eco-friendly practices, Thales' EcoJourney can provide a market edge.
Practices such as EcoSIM and green packaging contribute to resource conservation and long-term sustainable value creation. Viewing these methods as strategic investments, manufacturers can realize long-term returns.
Consumers benefit by accessing eco-responsibly-made products and championing sustainability.
Telcos bolster their brand reputation and market positioning by endorsing environmentally-conscious products. Ultimately, the environment and broader communities thrive with diminished waste and carbon footprints.
||Thales' EcoJourney promotes the circular economy, guiding its customers in sustainable initiatives.
While we lay the groundwork, it remains the responsibility of our telco customers to actively choose and integrate their portion of the circular economy, particularly in post-consumer waste management and recycling.
This move empowers consumers to back eco-friendly products and offers employees purposeful roles. While benefiting society and the environment through reduced pollution and resource conservation, it also aligns with regulatory benchmarks and appeals to investors due to its long-term positive impact.
||Thales' carbon offset programs aid in achieving carbon neutrality, an important factor in ESG reporting.
Thales: Aligned with Global Sustainability Efforts
As a United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) member, Thales actively participates in crafting a sustainable world.
The company's commitment to sustainability is deeply ingrained in our corporate culture and forms the core of our business strategy. We understand that the path to sustainability is not a sprint but a marathon; we are in it for the long run.
As a company, we have set ambitious sustainability targets and a solid plan to achieve them.
We work continuously to improve our operations, enhance our products, and contribute to a better, more sustainable world.
Further solidifying our commitment to sustainability, we actively participate as a key member of the Trusted Connectivity Alliance (TCA).
In this collaborative network, we join forces with other industry leaders to combat 'greenwashing' practices.
We strive to ensure transparency and honesty in environmental claims, contributing to TCA's initiatives, such as reducing carbon emissions, fostering sustainable innovation, and improving the environmental credentials of the SIM industry.
Our involvement signifies our pledge to genuine environmental responsibility and sustainable progress in the connectivity industry.
Our mutual goal? To foster a greener, more responsible future for the entire connectivity ecosystem.
Through our EcoJourney, we are creating a future where telecommunications technology and sustainability can go hand in hand.