NTT commits to electric vehicles and tackling energy waste

29 October 2018
  • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) – world’s fourth largest telecommunications company with an operating revenue of $105bn – becomes first company in the world to join both EV100 and EP100;
  • NTT commits to electrifying vehicle fleet by 2030 and doubling energy productivity by 2025

Tokyo: Japan’s largest telecommunications provider NTT is betting on a low carbon future, becoming the first company worldwide to commit to electric vehicles (EVs) and smarter use of energy through The Climate Group’s EV100 and EP100 initiatives.

As part of EV100, which aims to make electric transport ‘the new normal’ globally by 2030, NTT will convert its entire fleet to EVs by the same year, targeting 50% by 2025. The company currently operates a fleet of 11,000 vehicles in Japan and overseas through its 17 subsidiaries.

Through EP100, the corporate leadership initiative for energy smart companies delivered in partnership with Alliance to Save Energy, NTT will double its energy productivity by 2025 from a 2017 baseline – meaning it will generate twice the amount of data traffic from every unit of energy consumed.  

This is the latest in a series of announcements showing Japan is stepping up on climate action, with a growing group of 16 Japanese businesses now committed to The Climate Group’s leadership initiatives RE100, EV100 and EP100, and Tokyo last month committing to having only zero-emission buses from 2025, and ensuring that a major area of the city would be zero emission by 2030.

Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, said: “As the first company to join both EV100 and EP100, NTT is placing decarbonized, energy efficient systems at the core of its business strategy – demonstrating climate leadership while future-proofing its operations.

“By addressing rising energy use from increased data traffic and rolling out low-carbon transport, NTT is lowering emissions, saving on energy bills, and growing the clean economy all at the same time.” 

Jun Sawada, President & CEO, NTT said: “NTT Group consumes around 1% of all the electricity used in Japan. The sharp increase in data traffic seen in recent years has made improving energy efficiency even more important. For this reason, we have set the goals of doubling the energy efficiency of our telecommunication business by 2025, by converting power facilities into Direct-current systems and saving energy in telecom facilities. Furthermore, to ensure low environmental load and cost reduction of vehicles, NTT Group is also transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) for its corporate fleet, and we have defined the goals of converting 50% of our fleet of general domestic corporate vehicles to EVs by 2025 and 100% by 2030.”

“However, we will not limit ourselves to environmental initiatives. Rather, we will incorporate social and governance perspectives to practice ESG management with the aim of contributing to the accomplishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

In making the shift to electric vehicles, NTT will first focus on transitioning its standard company cars. Next steps will involve switching its Kei cars – the smallest legal category of vehicle in Japan – to electric as those become available on the market.

To double energy productivity, NTT plans to convert its power facilities to efficient and direct-current systems, such as High Voltage Direct Current power supply systems, and install systems to manage energy more efficiently in its data centres.

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