Cutting Down on Carbon

We're using technology to help us operate more efficiently and reduce our carbon footprint. But what if we also deployed technology that helped our customers do the same? That's the concept behind our 10x Carbon Reduction goal. 

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AT&T’s 10x carbon reduction goal has been recognized with a 2017 Sustainability Initiative of the Year award from the Business Intelligence Group. See the full announcement here Right Pointing ArrowRight Pointing Arrow

Our Goal

AT&T recognizes that climate change is a problem — and we’re working to be part of the solution. We know that our technology can help customers reduce their carbon emissions. We set a goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations.

We’re calling this our 10x Carbon Reduction Goal, or more simply, our “10x” goal.

To meet the goal, we’re making our network more efficient and delivering services that help AT&T customers avoid carbon emissions.

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Case Studies

AT&T is also teaming up with companies to measure the carbon savings of specific products by using the measurement tool. We will publish these case studies to this website as we complete them.

We are excited to uncover the innovative — and sometimes unexpected — ways that our customers are changing their company and our communities for the better.

AT&T and Emerson are Turning Food Waste into Clean Energy and Fertilizer

Emerson's Grind2Energy device turns food waste into a nutrient-rich slurry that can then be turned into natural gas and fertilizer, instead of being hauled to a landfill. To increase scalability and ensure more food waste could be converted, Emerson turned to AT&T to integrate Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and robust reporting.

Download the Emerson's Case Study

AT&T 10x Case Study: Lowe’s Uses HydroPoint and AT&T to Reduce Water Consumption and Carbon Footprint

Lowe’s has teamed up with AT&T and HydroPoint® to install a connected smart irrigation solution at nearly 1,000 stores nationwide. The solution is saving about 650 million gallons of water a year and reducing carbon emissions by almost 750 metric tons of CO2e.

Download the Lowe's Case Study

AT&T Building Management Systems (BMS) Case Study

At the end of 2017, 27,000 pieces of AT&T building equipment across 250 cities were reducing electricity expense by about $925,000 and GHG emissions by 5,150 metric tons in 2017.

Download the Building Management Systems (BMS) Case Study

AT&T Efficiency-as-a-Service (EaaS) Case Study

In 2017 alone, this program has enabled AT&T to save almost $20 million on electricity bills and avoid carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 21,000 cars.

Download the Efficiency-as-a-Service (EaaS) Case Study

AT&T Smart Farming Case Study

Connected water-level sensors and pumps are helping rice farmers realize water savings of 60% and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Download the Smart Farming Case Study

AT&T Connected Pallets Case Study

Connected pallets have the potential to avoid 640 metric tons of CO2e for every 1 million pallet trips.

Download the Connected Pallets Case Study

How We’re Measuring Progress

Currently, there is no official standard methodology to measure how products can help reduce carbon emission. So we worked with the Carbon Trust and BSR, two leading non-government organizations with extensive experience in this area, to build a guidebook for measuring progress against our 10x goal.

We’re also a member of the Net Positive Project, a group looking to create “net positive” efforts like our 10x goal that put back more into society, the environment and the global economy than they take out.

View the 10X Methodology

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