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Telefónica: walking the talk

Telefónica Group HQ

With more than 356 million clients and 1.3 million shareholders, Telefónica, headquartered in Spain and operating in Europe and North, Central and South America, is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. They deliver world-class fixed, mobile and broadband networks.

Here in the United Kingdom, Telefónica UK (trading as O2) has over 32 million connections to its mobile network, running 2G, 3G and 4G services across the UK. It also operates a nationwide O2 Wifi service, has around 6,700 employees and over 450 retail stores.

It’s their sustainable approach which is really remarkable though. Embedding the innovative, attentive spirit that their products have into all areas of their business, Telefónica Group developed a powerful sustainability plan. This included creating an internal mandate to offset all their carbon emissions and source ethically. And so in the UK, O2 (Telefónica UK) became an SSE Green customer in 2009.

This is a great example of collaborative working between SSE Energy Solutions and Telefónica UK which enables Telefónica’s suppliers and partners to procure renewable electricity (and thus reduce their carbon footprint) at a discounted cost.

Vijay Chouhan
Energy Manager, Telefónica UK

O2 found a perfect match for their values in our Living Wage, carbon commitments and sustainable solutions. Today we’re delighted they’re one of our longest-standing SSE Green customers.

And what a rewarding relationship it’s been. O2 encouraged their suppliers to take up the option of going sustainable with SSE Green… at the price that O2 pays. Suddenly an entire supply chain could benefit. It’s a great example of how working in partnership can make a huge difference to your company’s carbon footprint.

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