Axiata Sustainability

As a custodian of our shared planet, we embrace our responsibility to take decisive and substantive measures to address the chief global challenge of our times – climate change.

By continously seeking ways to reduce our operational footprint and emissions, we can balance the expansion of our business with consideration of our environmental impact, and pass on a healthy planet to future generations.

With the Group’s climate action and environmental management initiatives overseen by our Sustainability Steering Committee, each of our OpCos execute their own localised environmental agenda in line with local regulations, policies and systems. These efforts are united by the aim of reducing negative impacts on the environment and operating on greener, more efficient and sustainable energy and systems.

Highlights

Delivered improved energy efficiency across our operations, while utilising more renewable energy and reducing carbon intensity

Strengthened e-waste management at our OpCos with efforts including public outreach

Developing our Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap, geared towards meeting the GSMA’s Zero by 2050 commitment

Highlights

Delivered improved energy efficiency across our operations, while utilising more renewable energy and reducing carbon intensity

Strengthened e-waste management at our OpCos with efforts including public outreach

Developing our Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap, geared towards meeting the GSMA’s Zero by 2050 commitment

Our holistic approach to sustainability in the environmental pillar places focus on taking decisive actions to reduce our carbon emissions and adopting responsible resource and waste management strategies.

Corporations play a key role in the mitigation of global warming and to keep global temperatures from rising by 1.5°C, through decisions they take to invest in researching and implementing new energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. At Axiata, we are committed to contributing to carbon reduction as we operate in a region particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change which can potentially affect the long-term sustainability of our business.

Our carbon reduction strategy rests on a concerted effort spanning resources in multiple departments and specialities, geared towards our aspiration of achieving net-zero carbon emissions. This overarching aim is in alignment with the GSMA’s Zero by 2050 target which calls for GSMA members to commit to setting verifiable Science Based Targets (SBT) at 1.5°C, or a target that meets national commitments.

GSMA Zero by 2050

Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

GSMA Zero by 2050

Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

Towards realising this aspiration, we have refined our strategic approach by working towards enhancing internal mechanisms, controls and reporting of our carbon inventory, and ensuring internal readiness and sound data to formulate targets in carbon reduction goals.

Outlook

As our network footprint expands to connect more people across Asia, we are committed to working with partners, vendors and peers across our industry to explore innovative measures to improve our emissions management. Our long-term goal consists of reducing overall emissions and demonstrating overall regional leadership in telco environmental stewardship.

The Axiata Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap

In 2020, we took considerable strides in aligning our OpCos towards a single trajectory on climate action. Through a Group-wide carbon inventory exercise which will continue into 2021, we are developing a full picture of the impacts of our operations and its value chains on our use of energy. This will empower the development of Group- and OpCo-level targets in reducing energy intensity, improving energy efficiency and using off-grid, renewable energy solutions.

Crystallising the alignment of our OpCos on climate action is the Axiata Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap, which will allow us to map changes in technology and innovation, delivery of our service, and regulatory and industry advancements to drive our operations towards greater sustainability.

Minimising our carbon footprint

Our OpCo edotco Group is a provider of best-in-class tower infrastructure and are building greener telecommunication structures with alternative materials that reduce use of steel, adopting greener solutions through renewables, and placing increased focus on energy efficiency. They have recorded a 58% carbon reduction per site from a 2013 baseline, with a goal of 63% carbon reduction per site by the end of 2021.

Design and construction of 3-legged towers, which use 30% less steel

25%

reduction in carbon emissions per site

New tower designs that use less material

30% – 60%

reduction in materials used

Construction of 19 carbon fibre towers

20% – 39%

reduction in carbon emissions per site

Construction of 35 towers using bamboo

70%

reduction in carbon emissions per site

Design and construction of 3-legged towers, which use 30% less steel

25%

Reduction in carbon emissions per site

New tower designs that use less material

30% – 60%

Reduction in materials used

Construction of 19 carbon fibre towers

20% – 39%

Reduction in carbon emissions per site

Construction of 35 towers using bamboo

70%

Reduction in carbon emissions per site

In addition, edotco continously leverage advancements in renewable energy technology for their towers, with the goal of achieving 3,000 renewable sites by the end of 2021.

1,677

solar-powered sites

12

wind turbine sites

1

on-site hydrogen generation fuel cell site

2

methanol fuel cell sites

Increasing renewable energy use

In addition to edotco’s green energy strategy, all our OpCos already incorporate renewable energy in their operations in some way and continue to assess opportunities to grow the proportion of renewables in their energy consumption.

Dialog delivered significant energy savings in 2020 by procuring and integrating highly efficient transmission systems and hardware. They also expanded their use of solar power at tower sites while undertaking various energy-saving initiatives, collectively achieving GHG savings of approximately 2,261.45 tCO2e in 2020.

Robi are increasing their generation of renewable energy by adopting solar base stations. They plan to increase their number of solar base stations from 1,200 to 1,485 in 2021, while proactively engaging with government and industry bodies to explore the deployment of large 5MW-10MW solar plants.

Smart expanded on their solarisation plans in 2020, integrating solar with existing grid and diesel sites (110 solar-grid sites, 100 solar-diesel sites). This reduced energy consumption of grid by about 386MWh, representing an 8% reduction in grid usage, resulted in lower fuel consumption for diesel sites, equivalent to a 17% reduction in CO2 from the average generator use, and a substantial decrease in energy and fuel expenses.
Harnessing energy efficiency opportunities

Consuming energy efficiently is an equally important piece of the carbon reduction equation, and our OpCos continue to identify areas along their networks to reduce energy consumption with energy efficiency technologies, particularly for cooling and digitising operations.

Energy monitoring technologies are also playing a growing role in our efforts, as they allow our OpCos to isolate ways that energy can be optimised across large infrastructure setups, reducing the resulting carbon footprint without compromising on performance.

Monitoring Energy Consumption and Carbon Intensity

Notes:

1 Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the Group

2Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions resulting from the generation of electricity, heating and cooling or steam purchased by the Group

*Axiata’s current figures for direct energy consumption (GJ), and scope 1 emissions (tCO2e) use a standard emission factor for diesel (10.58kWh/l)

*We are currently undergoing an exercise to enhance our collection, analysis and assurance processes of our energy and emissions data, and this will continue throughout 2021, as we enhance the reporting accuracy of carbon data towards a strengthened Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap

To deliver meaningful and lasting climate outcomes by leveraging the potential of digital innovation, spearheaded by our Group-wide commitment of Advancing to Zero.

To deliver meaningful and lasting climate outcomes by leveraging the potential of digital innovation, spearheaded by our Group-wide commitment of Advancing to Zero.

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