The company is taking measures that involve its entire workforce and the full range of its activity, from facility operations and logistics to IT and business travel. In 2011, we reduced our carbon footprint from our operations (Scopes 1 and 2) by 11%. At the same time, we included a greater range of Scope 3 emissions than in past years when calculating our carbon footprint. Since 2008, we have reduced our carbon footprint from our operations by more than 22% (or more than 185,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents), which is nearly halfway to our ultimate goal of 50%.
To meet this ambitious goal, Alcatel-Lucent will implement a three-stage strategy:
Alcatel-Lucent has committed to reducing its carbon footprint from 2008 levels by 50% by 2020 (direct carbon emissions from our operations [GHG Protocol scopes 1 and 2]). Alcatel-Lucent also measures and reports on Scope 3 emissions, and has been recognized by the Environmental Investment Organization (EIO) for its leadership in Scope 3 transparency. Only three public companies in the EIO Global 800 reported more on Scope 3 emissions categories than Alcatel-Lucent in 2011.
While Scope 3 activities are not part of our 50% reduction target, we do have considerable influence over emissions from our supply chain. For example, emissions related to product logistics amount to more than 200,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions annually. By moving to a regionalized manufacturing model, using more, shorter-distance surface transport, and further shifting freight from air to surface transit, we are taking concrete steps to reduce our Scope 3 emissions. Similarly, investing in videoconferencing systems at key locations enables faster and better collaboration among employees without the need for carbon-intensive business travel.