The iliad Group: New Standards In Sustainability For Telcos

As part of its sustainability goals to reduce carbon emissions and decarbonise energy supply, the iliad Group has signed PPAs with ENGIE & Statkraft

In July 2021 the iliad Group set two overarching sustainability goals — reduce carbon emissions and decarbonise energy supply

Two and a half years later, the major European telecom company has just hit two major milestones on the journey to those goals, highlighting itself as a trailblazer not only in the telecom industry, but also in sustainability. 

Established in 2015, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) — a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature — unites more than 1,000 companies to set science-based climate targets and leads the way to a zero-carbon economy, helping boost innovation and drive sustainable growth. The SBTi has validated the Group’s carbon reduction pathway, based on the following terms:

  • The iliad Group commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 60% by 2030 from a 2022 base year. The iliad Group also commits to reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 46% by 2030 from a 2022 base year.
  • The iliad Group commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 90% by 2050 from a 2022 base year. The iliad Group also commits to reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 90% by 2050 from a 2022 base year.

“Digital is the future,” believes Thomas Reynaud, Chief Executive Officer of the iliad Group. 

“And that future has to be carbon-free. Which is why we’re keeping up the pace of our support for renewable energy by respecting our pledges on green energy supplies, while of course still working to optimise our energy consumption.”

Sustainable energy consumption in Europe

The second milestone that the iliad Group has passed is the signing of three new Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with ENGIE, the utility and energy transition advocates and Statkraft, Europe's largest generator of renewable energy.

“These three new PPAs clearly demonstrate how we’re seeking to take climate action in all of our geographies – France, Italy and Poland – because there are no borders when it comes to carbon neutrality,” celebrates Reynaud..

“I’d like to thank ENGIE and Statkraft for partnering us and helping us to take this major step towards achieving the goals of our climate plan.”

The three PPAs dictate that the Group will purchase electricity locally generated by solar farms from 2025 for 10 to 15 years. By 2035, at least 50% of the Group’s electricity consumption in Poland and Italy, and 20% in France, will be covered by these PPAs. 

“Following on from our first PPA signed with the iliad Group in early 2023, we’re proud to be further supporting the Group over the long term with carrying out its climate strategy.” shares Edouard Neviaski Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE Global Energy Management & Sales.

“By rapidly developing its renewable energy capacity, ENGIE – France’s leading developer of solar and wind power – is helping its customers press forward with their energy transition processes towards a decarbonised and more local economy”

“Statkraft’s vision is to renew the way the world is powered. To achieve this goal, we collaborate across borders and industries,” says Hallvard Granheim, Executive Vice President, Statkraft Markets.

“We are proud to support our partner iliad on their journey towards a greener future. Our two renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), supplying operations in Italy and Poland, are a testament to our ambition to structure complex contracts, exactly tailored to the unique needs of our customers. Through these agreements, we once again confirm our role as a leading PPA provider in Europe and our ambition to be a leading market integrator in the energy system.”


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