Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions performance
As a conscientious corporate citizen, Bell takes its responsibility to control and reduce its GHG emissions where possible. Verification of the data provided and assumptions made can be found in our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report.
2016 Energy consumption
As noted elsewhere (see Importance of the business model), Bell’s vertical integration, which includes installation and construction often outsourced by other telecommunications companies, affects our Scope 1 (direct) GHG generation emissions. In addition, our aggressive diversification into broadcast and other lines of business to sustain the company’s growth affects our Scope 2 (indirect) emissions.
Compared with 2015, Bell’s carbon footprint decreased 52.8 kilotonnes (15%) in 2016. The largest portion of the decrease is attributable to Scope 2 emissions, which were down 47.6 kilotonnes. Even though Bell’s electricity consumption has remained quite stable compared with 2015, this decrease is mainly due to the significant drop in emission factors owing to cleaner energy sources.
In terms of Scope 1 emissions, we decreased the quantity of fuel consumed by 2%, thanks to various initiatives, such as the 5% decrease in the number of fleet vehicles. In addition, we decreased our consumption of fossil fuels for buildings and generators by 11%. Overall, the effect has been to lower our carbon emissions from Scope 1 sources by 4.7 kilotonnes. We also decreased our Scope 3 emissions by 0.5 kilotonne, due to corporate policies and control mechanisms that limit business travel and encourage our team members to use our teleconferencing and videoconferencing services.
At least 54% 1 of the 1,851,603 MWh of electricity we consumed in 2016 was from renewable sources, such as hydro, wind, tides, and the sun. Of this, 96% is from hydro sources. The Bell network also generated approximately 450,000 kWh of renewable energy in 2016 from solar and wind power sources. Our 9 photovoltaic and diesel hybrid power systems in the territories generate 80,000 kWh of renewable energy every year. The systems saved 110,000 litres of diesel (and approximately $200,000), the equivalent of 308 tonnes of CO2.