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Engie responsible for the ecological transition of Orange infrastructure

When presenting its Engage 2025 strategic plan, which should carry it over the next few years, Orange management indicated that it was aiming for carbon neutrality in 2040, while ensuring that its renewable energy mix would pass the 50% mark. by 2025. The incumbent operator has just given a more concrete look to these promises via a partnership concluded for the next fifteen years with the energy supplier Engie

This will be responsible for making the switch to renewable energy in the energy mix for Orange’s electricity supply. The partnership concluded between the two French groups includes in particular the creation of new solar energy sites in the Hautes-Alpes by January 1, 2023, the management of renewable energy production from Orange suppliers and the supply of additional volumes to meet the actual consumption of the incumbent operator.

“The Group’s ambition for 2025 is to reduce its direct CO² emissions by 30% compared to 2015 and to reach 50% of renewable energies in its electricity mix. The signing of our agreement with Engie is very important in this regard. important; it demonstrates our desire to be a major player in electricity buyers in France, “Orange France CEO Fabienne Dulac said when signing this agreement. As for the electricity supplier, we welcome an “innovative contract that illustrates Engie’s expertise across the entire renewable electricity value chain”.

A burning question

While companies are making more promises of accelerating their energy transition, operators and players in the telecommunications sector are being watched very closely. In a study published at the end of last year, the High Council for the Climate explained that the deployment of 5G should explode the digital carbon bill. “5G is likely to significantly increase” the carbon footprint of the digital sector, which currently represents around 2% of France’s total footprint (roughly as much as the aviation sector), then informed the institution chaired by the Franco-Canadian climatologist Corinne Le Quéré.

And to regret the rejection by the government and Emmanuel Macron of the request for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G desired in the summer by the Citizen’s Convention for the Climate. As a reminder, the President of the Republic had opposed an end of inadmissibility to this request, qualifying it as “return to the oil lamp” … By qualifying in passing his opponents of promoters of an “Amish model”. .. Enough to seriously damage the image of 5G during a debate that certainly deserved better.

For its part, Arcep also published a dedicated report on the issue at the end of last year, suggesting 11 avenues to follow to accelerate the ecological transition of digital technology, which would today represent 3 to 4% of gas emissions. greenhouse effect in the world, and about 2% of emissions at the national level.

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