Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
At DIRECTV, we view climate change as a serious societal challenge. That is why we’ve made reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions an integral part of our business strategy. We instituted a formal corporate climate and emissions policy and continually strive to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations and products. We’re committed to improving the resource efficiency of our operations and products to help mitigate global GHG impacts and human-caused climate change. In addition, we support government efforts to reduce GHG emissions that are cost-effective, favor economic growth and promote job creation.
|Scope 1 & 2 Emissions in the U.S.|
DIRECTV reports to CDP each year, and our response encompasses two main focus areas: disclosure and performance. In 2014, DIRECTV once again earned a high disclosure score — 93 — and also reached a new milestone by receiving an A on performance for our aggressive emissions reductions in 2013. As a result, DIRECTV was included on the prestigious A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index, both for the U.S. and globally. This placed us among 187 global leaders out of nearly 2,000 respondents; DIRECTV was one of only four U.S. companies in the Consumer Discretionary category.
1 Figures do not reflect carbon offsets.
2 As explained in our 2011 Statement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, DIRECTV did not report indirect Scope 3 emissions from the use of our receivers by customers for the 2011 reporting year because full energy consumption testing had not yet been completed at the individual box level for all receivers. Emissions associated with the use of DIRECTV's receivers were estimated for the first time for the 2012 GHG Inventory, which accounts for the large year-on-year increase in Scope 3 emissions from 2011 to 2012.
Moving Toward a More Fuel-Efficient Fleet
Our 6,000-vehicle fleet is responsible for roughly half of our U.S. Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. A variety of efforts have helped our fleet save more than 2.6 million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 23,000 metric tons since 2011.
Making Our Facilities Environmentally Conscious
We’re reducing energy requirements at our corporate offices, broadcast facilities, call centers and distribution centers, while still delivering best-in-class service. A sampling of past initiatives at our facilities includes:
Multiple locations now use solar power to generate electricity. At one of our largest energy-consuming facilities, the California Broadcast Center (CBC), which supports our service in Latin America, we have installed a ground-mounted 1 megawatt solar array. The CBC solar array has helped to lower DIRECTV’s emissions, while significantly reducing electricity costs. Thanks to the positive results from this project, DIRECTV is now evaluating solar options at several other facilities.
In 2014 DIRECTV joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, an initiative with the goal of achieving a ten-fold increase in the number of employers offering workplace electric vehicle charging by 2018. We currently provide 21 plug-in electric vehicle-charging stations for employee vehicles at facilities in El Segundo and Los Angeles, California, and Englewood, Colorado.
Promoting Solar Energy
In 2014, DIRECTV engaged with SolarCity to encourage our customers to shift to cheaper, cleaner power at home by installing photovoltaic panels on their roofs. Our technicians now identify potential homes and customers that would make good candidates for solar electricity and refer them to SolarCity. This program directly supports our goal to help customers reduce their emissions by 1 million MTCO2e per year by 2020. We continue to look at opportunities to expand this relationship. Learn more at www.solarcity.com/directv.
By implementing many of the same energy-reduction strategies in our DIRECTV/SKY facilities in Latin America, we intend to lower GHG emissions by at least 10 percent by 2020 on a per-square-foot basis. We’re also investigating unique solutions, like using biodiesel in backup generators.
We design new and refurbished corporate offices, call centers and warehouses with efficiency in mind right from the start. Our office building in Quito, Ecuador, for example, won an award from the Metropolitan Council of Quito for its impressive sustainability features.
In Venezuela, DIRECTV applied strict measures to reduce monthly paper use, decrease the use of energy associated with air conditioning and lighting, and increase recycling.