Globe Ramps up Net Zero Initiatives via Green, Low-Carbon Optical Network

Globe is ramping up its initiatives to achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2050 via building a green and low-carbon optical network as part of its modernization program.


Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP Group Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto said the company is operationalizing its green network with the help of Huawei Technologies to save on space and power consumption. 


Crisanto shared this at the Green All-Optical Network Forum hosted by IDATE Digiworld in Barcelona, where Globe was invited to discuss how it plans to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets aligned with the Paris Agreement and the Race to Zero campaign. 


“Our number one baseline strategy is simplification. The more you simplify the network, the less footprint you’ll have. In turn, there will be less maintenance cost and less power needed,” Crisanto said.


The low-carbon optical access network includes the deployment of Blade Optical Line Terminal (OLT) for various outdoor wireless site types, which provides a 50% reduction in power consumption and natural heat dissipation. An Intelligent Optical Network Terminal (ONT), on the other hand, utilizes an Intelligent Application Performance Management (APM) that detects device usage for energy management for up to 30% power savings.


For the transport network, the deployment of Access DWDM simplifies deployment from traditional equipment rooms to outdoor cabinets for a 60% and 40% reduction in space and power requirements, respectively. The reduction of size enables management of limited space and power requirements resulting in faster rollouts. Similarly, the Optical Cross Connect (OXC) reduces six cabinets and more than 700 fibers into one device, saving 80% of space and 70% of the power needed.


Through its Climate Action Roadmap, Globe is committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 50 percent in 2030 and achieving Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050 as part of its support for the global Race to Zero campaign, Crisanto said. Globe has partnered with AON UK Limited, DNV-Synergi Life, and South Pole to help it implement the Roadmap.


“We are partnering with experts. We can’t do it alone. We’ve understood that in our journey over the last few years,” she said.


As part of its carbon reduction strategy, Globe has deployed over 7,400 green network solutions such as fuel cell systems, direct current-hybrid generators, free cooling systems, and lithium-ion batteries that use cleaner fuel and are energy-efficient, resulting in lower emissions.


The company has shifted 14 of its high-energy utilization facilities to renewable energy as it continues to buy renewable energy bundled with verified carbon offsets as part of its decarbonization journey.  Globe has also included sustainability as part of its vendor criteria in terms of renewable energy suppliers.  


To further manage its climate impact in its value chain, Globe is also into circularity programs and nature-based solutions.  Among these are e-waste recycling, virtual tree planting via GForest in the GCash app, reforestation, and mangrove conservation.


Globe aims to reduce carbon emissions by integrating green technologies through site simplification, room simplification, solar utilization, and other green solutions in Globe’s operations.


“Hopefully, the solutions available now will allow us to deliver on our target Net Zero by 2050,” Crisanto said.  


Globe is the first and only listed company in the Philippines to commit to science-based targets aligned with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels to prevent catastrophic global warming.


Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development, and UN SDG No. 13, which seeks urgent action against climate change and its impacts. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.


To know more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.


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