#Globe 2022 Network Operations Puts Sustainability at the Forefront
The year 2022 was a banner year for Globe’s efforts to integrate sustainability into its network operations, as the digital solutions platform continued to roll out green technologies towards achieving Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) by 2050.
“Our goal at Globe is to continue to operationalize climate action within our network operations. We are proud to be taking tangible steps towards a greener and more sustainable future for all,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Last year, the company secured the ISO 50001:2018 certification of its Energy Management System (EnMS) covering key facilities including corporate offices, core network, cell sites, data centers, and stores. This management system establishes the company’s framework for energy efficiency, resource conservation, and network optimization as part of its climate action strategy for the business.
Focusing on responsible energy sourcing, Globe shifted 10 facilities in Cavite, Cebu, Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, and Laguna to clean energy last year in partnership with the Ayala Group’s renewable energy platform ACEN.
This brings to 24 the total number of high-energy utilization facilities now running on renewable energy, including its headquarters The Globe Tower in BGC, Taguig, six in Quezon City, five in Cavite, three in Cebu, two in Makati City, and one each in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Manila, Marikina, Batangas, and Tarlac.
Globe encourages more investments towards clean energy by dealing with Retail Energy Suppliers (RES) to support the country’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions by 75 percent in 2030 through the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of the Paris Agreement.
On reducing reliance on fossil fuels, it also piloted alternative energy sources, including solar-hybrid power plants or mini-grid and advanced solar Hybrid Generator Sets, for off-grid and bad-grid cell towers in Luzon.
Aside from financial savings from energy consumption, operations, and maintenance in cell sites, the use of renewable energy and hybrid power alternative sources increases site uptime and ensures the availability of continuous backup power during disasters. This year, Globe looks to progressively deploy the technology across its sites nationwide.
Globe is also building a green and low-carbon optical network with the help of Huawei Technologies. Last year, it deployed energy efficient technologies in its Access and Transport Networks to optimize its operations.
For its access network, the company utilized the Blade Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and Intelligent Optical Network Terminal (ONT). Blade OLT is deployed in various outdoor wireless sites that reduces energy consumption by 50% and utilizes natural heat dissipation. The Intelligent ONT, on the other hand, utilizes an Intelligent Application Performance Management (APM) that reduces energy consumption by 30% by optimizing device performance for active and idle modes.
For its transport network, the company deployed Access Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and Optical Cross Connect (OCX). Access DWDM simplifies the traditional equipment rooms to outdoor cabinets, resulting in faster rollouts by reducing space and energy consumption by 60% and 40%, respectively. Similarly, the OXC simplifies multiple cabinets, subracks, and fibers into one equipment, saving 80% of space and 70% of energy consumption.
Lastly, Globe introduced sustainability as a metric for its network equipment and software vendors, which forms 10% of the overall evaluation criteria. Aside from being assessed in technical and financial metrics, vendors must also look at how their products can contribute to the company’s climate action strategy. Globe engages its business partners, vendors, and suppliers, to adopt and promote sustainable practices that the company implements.
All these initiatives contribute to the company’s commitment to Climate Action including its participation in the UN-backed Race to Zero global campaign, rallying non-state actors to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero-carbon world by 2050.
In 2021, it became the first publicly-listed Philippine company to commit to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). It also committed to supporting the framework set by the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and vowed to abide by its recommendations for effective climate-related disclosures.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
What is Globe’s goal with regards to sustainability?
Globe’s goal is to achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) by 2050 and to continue to operationalize climate action within its network operations.
What did Globe do to achieve its goal in 2022?
In 2022, Globe continued to roll out green technologies towards achieving its goal. It secured the ISO 50001:2018 certification of its Energy Management System (EnMS) covering key facilities, shifted 10 facilities to clean energy, dealt with Retail Energy Suppliers to support the country’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions by 75 percent in 2030, piloted alternative energy sources, and built a green and low-carbon optical network with the help of Huawei Technologies.
How did Globe encourage more investments towards clean energy?
Globe encouraged more investments towards clean energy by dealing with Retail Energy Suppliers (RES) to support the country’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions by 75 percent in 2030 through the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of the Paris Agreement.
How did the use of renewable energy and hybrid power alternative sources benefit Globe’s operations?
Aside from financial savings from energy consumption, operations, and maintenance in cell sites, the use of renewable energy and hybrid power alternative sources increases site uptime and ensures the availability of continuous backup power during disasters.
What sustainability metric did Globe introduce for its network equipment and software vendors?
Globe introduced sustainability as a metric for its network equipment and software vendors, which forms 10% of the overall evaluation criteria. Vendors must also look at how their products can contribute to the company’s climate action strategy.
What global campaigns did Globe participate in for Climate Action?
Globe participated in the UN-backed Race to Zero global campaign, rallying non-state actors to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero-carbon world by 2050. It also became the first publicly-listed Philippine company to commit to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and committed to supporting the framework set by the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Where can one learn more about Globe’s sustainability efforts?
One can learn more about Globe’s sustainability efforts by visiting https://www.globe.com.ph/.
Globe earns recognition as Climate Leader in Asia-Pacific for second year in a row
For two consecutive years, leading digital solutions platform Globe has been recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s Climate Leaders. The list developed by the Financial Times and Global Market Research Firm, Statista honors companies that are making significant strides in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Globe is the only Philippine telco company included in this year’s line up. The company sees this recognition as a testament to its commitment to climate action, backed by its energy-efficient technologies and sustainable network operations.
“Being recognized by the Financial Times as a Climate Leader for the second time reaffirms our commitment to make a positive impact to the environment. This inspires us to continue on our path to net zero. We believe that collaboration between us and our stakeholders is key in our roadmap towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Globe’s inclusion in the list was a result of the rigorous process conducted by the Financial Times and Statista, where they examined the carbon footprint of thousands of companies in the region.
The assessment considered factors such as revenues, independent emissions data reporting, adherence to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reporting, and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) ratings among others. Globe stood out for its substantial reductions in its core emissions intensity between 2016 and 2021, demonstrating not only its financial growth but its dedication to climate action.
A core part of Globe’s success comes from the implementation of numerous climate action initiatives over the years, from deploying green network solutions, piloting off-grid network technologies in remote and disaster-prone areas, adopting eco-friendly batteries, adopting green, low-carbon optical networks technologies, and shifting to renewable energy consumption in its key sites.
In line with these, Globe has also ventured into engaging its supply chain, establishing sustainability criteria in its procurement and vendor assessment processes, and rallying business partners to support and follow sustainable practices. The move propelled a collective, company-wide journey towards greener operations, in line with its commitment to achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Coming from the company’s commitment to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2021, Globe is set to submit targets to SBTi for validation and approval this year. Ahead of its submission, Globe achieved a 4.42% reduction in its total Scope 1 and 2 emissions driven by the company’s energy management programs and continued shift to renewable energy sources for its high energy sites. This exceeded its interim voluntary reduction target of 4.2% Linear Annual Reduction Rate (LARR) set in 2022, aligned with the SBTi reduction rate for the 1.5˚C global warming scenario.
To learn more about Globe’s sustainability commitments and strategies, visit Globe’s Sustainability page. For the latest Globe Integrated Report, click this link.
Globe leads 5G speeds in key Mindanao cities
Globe dominated major areas in Mindanao in terms of 5G speeds for the first quarter of the year, as it remains firm in its commitment to providing faster and more reliable connectivity to Filipinos nationwide.
Based on Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® Q1 2023 data, Globe topped the 5G mobile segment in Cagayan de Oro with a median download speed of 159.298 Mbps, Misamis Oriental with 157.795 Mbps, and Zamboanga with 99.916 Mbps. Globe’s 5G outdoor coverage has reached 90.2 percent in key cities of Mindanao.
This latest wireless internet connectivity offers huge advantages over 4G. With speeds up to 100 times faster, higher bandwidth, and a more stable internet connection, 5G can revolutionize the way people live, work, and play, and help bridge the digital divide.
As a 5G pioneer in the Philippines, Globe helps drive the adoption of 5G technology in the country and paves the way for the next generation of digital innovation. This is in line with its commitment to driving economic growth and development through innovation and infrastructure under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“The importance of 5G connectivity cannot be overstated. It can unlock countless opportunities for growth and development, not just for businesses but also for individuals and communities. 5G can bring new education and health services to remote areas, create new job opportunities, and spur economic development in the region. This is why Globe is committed to bringing 5G connectivity all over the Philippines so Filipinos anywhere can have access to the same opportunities and services,” said Globe Chief Transformation and Customer Experience Officer Rebecca Eclipse.
In the first quarter of 2023, Globe deployed 66 new 5G sites in 74 cities and towns across the country, expanding its 5G outdoor coverage to 97.21% of the National Capital Region and 90.28% of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao. Globe also logged 4.3 million devices in its 5G network as of March 2023.
To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.
Globe donates 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd
Reliable and high-speed connectivity has become an essential component of effective education in today’s digital age as students and teachers need access to the internet to engage in various online learning activities and resources.
But many schools in underserved areas still struggle with connectivity issues. To address this challenge, Globe is supporting the Department of Education’s (DepEd) MATATAG Agenda, which aims to improve the delivery of basic education facilities and services in far-flung places in the country.
The company recently donated 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd, which have been distributed to various schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1. Globe Home Prepaid WIFi offers budget-friendly yet fast and reliable internet access.
By bringing technology and the internet closer to teachers and students, Globe is helping facilitate better and more efficient learning. High-speed internet connectivity allows teachers and students to access digital textbooks and multimedia learning resources, as well as engage in collaborative online activities.
This provides students with a more comprehensive and meaningful education and supports the development of critical digital literacy skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century.
“Globe hopes to contribute to the achievement of the MATATAG Agenda and make a positive impact on the lives of students and teachers in CAR and Region 1. Globe is committed to continuing its efforts to improve internet connectivity in schools across the Philippines and provide quality education for all,” said Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto.
The MATATAG Agenda has four critical components, including making the curriculum relevant to produce competent and job-ready citizens, accelerating the delivery of basic education facilities and services, giving support to teachers to teach better, and strengthening partnerships and collaborations of the education sector with other sectors.
This is aligned with Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG No. 4 which advocates for equitable access to quality education and tools for digital upskilling.
Globe’s involvement in the DepEd program shows its dedication to ensuring that every student has an equal chance to succeed, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographical location. Through its efforts to enhance internet connectivity in schools, Globe helps create more opportunities for students to access quality education and develop critical digital literacy skills.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
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