Bharti Airtel commits 50% reduction in GHG emissions by FY 2031

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Indian multinational telecommunications services company, Bharti Airtel has recently stated that it will cut GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by half across its activities by FY31, as part of worldwide efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and create a more sustainable world.

According to the company, it has joined the SBTi's (Science-Based Objectives initiative) Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and established targets to substantially decrease its carbon footprint from its network operations.

The firm also stated that it intends to cut scope 1 and 2 GHG emission by 50.2% in FY2031 from the base year of FY2021 and scope 3 GHG emissions by 42% in the same period.

Airtel will achieve this through a variety of initiatives, including faster green-energy adoption throughout its energy-efficient infrastructure, network operations, and procedures, and the adoption of eco-friendly business practices at its workplace.

Vidyut Gulati, Director - Legal, Bharti Airtel, claims climate change to be humanity's greatest challenge. He said that to ensure that the world does not pass the point of no return and have a sustainable planet, everyone must act together as soon as possible.

Mr. Gulati added that businesses have a basic obligation to contribute to this initiative, and Airtel has set a goal for itself and will publicly report on its success.

Reports state that Airtel has become the first Indian telecom business to join the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability programme.

It is linking its complete Environmental, Societal, and Governance (ESG) activities to the UN Global Compact platform's 10 principles, including the environment, human rights, anti-corruption, and labor.

Airtel is already a signatory to the Paris Climate accord. The firm has an effective environmental management system in place. It is deploying clean, fuel-based power solutions for towers, data centers, switching centers, and other facilities proactively.

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