Australian Broadband Network Joins RE100

NBN Co, Australia’s Broadband Network Corporation has announced its Towards-Zero Carbon Ambition and membership of the global RE100 renewable energy initiative.

NBN Co has been installing solar panels at its facilities across Australia. Credit: NBN website

NBN Co has been installing solar panels at its facilities across Australia. Credit: NBN website

NBN Co, Australia’s Broadband Network Corporation has announced its Towards-Zero Carbon Ambition and membership of the global RE100 renewable energy initiative.

RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Led by international non-profit the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, the group has a total revenue of over €5.8 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors. Together, they send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a clean economy.

As part of NBN Co’s Towards-Zero Carbon Ambition, the company has an initial 3-year roadmap and is working towards reducing its annual energy use by 25GWh, purchasing 100% renewable electricity from 2025 and using electric or hybrid vehicles by 2030.

NBN Co has recently entered into a renewable power purchasing agreement that is intended to deliver almost 20% renewable energy to the network by 2023. This work builds on initiatives already delivered including installing solar panels in nbn facilities, turning off inactive line cards (that send and receive data traffic) in the network and installing LED lights in their technical facilities.

Jon Dee, Australia Coordinator at RE100, said: “We’re delighted to welcome NBN Co as a member of RE100. NBN Co is the first Australian telecommunication company and the first government business enterprise to join RE100. It joins 110 other major companies in Australia that have joined RE100 and made the commitment to switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity.  Between them, the Australian members of RE100 use over 5.5 terawatt hours of electricity per year. That’s enough electricity to power 800,000 Australian homes. Having that electricity transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy will help in the creation of a cleaner, greener Australia.”

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