Taiwan Mobile Leads Asia as the First Telecom Company to Attain SBTi-Validated Net Zero Goals, Achieving 1.5°C Climate Target Alongside 12 Global Industry Peers

September 05,2023

Taiwan Mobile has set a pioneering example in the Asian telecommunications sector by officially securing international validation through the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). With a commitment to "limit global warming to 1.5°C," Taiwan Mobile has established the important goal of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Tom Koh, Chief Technology Officer of Taiwan Mobile, stated that with the steady growth of 5G users and the ongoing rollout of 5G network infrastructure, telecom operators are also facing higher power consumption levels within their base stations. Taiwan Mobile is utilizing the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop three major strategies for clean energy: low-carbon operations, increasing the proportion of green energy, and exploring innovative clean energy sources. As a result of these efforts, Taiwan Mobile's green energy procurement is currently ranked as the second largest in Taiwan. This not only reduces the carbon footprint but also expands influence across the value chain by helping suppliers establish Science-Based Targets (SBT) for carbon reduction.

Furthermore, Tom Koh pointed out that as early as 2019, Taiwan Mobile became the first telecommunications company in Taiwan to be certified for SBT WB2°C (well below 2°C) and pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2022. In August 2023, Taiwan Mobile continued to uphold international standards and further strengthened its own requirements, successfully passing the more rigorous SBTi 2050 Net-zero review. Under the context of "limiting global warming to within 1.5°C," Taiwan Mobile has established its short-term goals for 2030, which include a gradual phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles, improved energy efficiency, and active adoption of renewable energy sources. As a result, there has been a significant 42% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions for Scope 1 and 2 compared to the baseline year. By 2040, Taiwan Mobile aims to achieve a 90% reduction in carbon emissions. In the long term, if necessary, it plans to neutralize the remaining carbon emissions through methods such as carbon offsetting and carbon capture and storage, with the expectation of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.