Report | Solar streaming: who’s leading the telco, tech and IT race to renewables?

Download the REenergise Report | Solar streaming: who’s leading the telco, tech and IT race to renewables?

A new report by Greenpeace Australia Pacific reveals which Australian telcos, data centres and tech companies are streaming ahead in the race to renewables, and which are still on dial-up.

The report finds that Telstra, Australia’s 14th biggest electricity user overall, is leading the telco pack with a commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2025 closely followed by TPG Telecom, known for its ownership of Vodafone and iinet. Optus, Australia’s second-largest telco, is conspicuously missing in action, with no renewable electricity target yet set.

Telecommunications is fast emerging as one of the leading industries in Australia’s renewable energy transition.

REenergise campaign director Lindsay Soutar

Telcos and IT services consume approximately 4% of Australia’s electricity – equivalent to 580,000 homes, more than all the homes in Adelaide. 

The good news is that 98% of the reported carbon emissions of telcos and data centre companies comes from electricity, which means most of these companies can cut a massive swathe through their carbon pollution – simply by switching from coal power to 100% clean electricity.

Download the REenergise Report | Solar streaming: who’s leading the telco, tech and IT race to renewables?