GO saves 200 tonnes of CO2 in the first half of 2022
At the end of last year, GO acquired 76% of SENS Innovation Group, an energy management start-up which, through the use of IoT technology, enables a better understanding of energy consumption patterns. energy to help achieve greater efficiency and helps commercial and hospitality establishments significantly reduce their consumption. energy consumption.
Currently, there are 3,415 hotel rooms in Malta using SENS technology.
This technology, which has also been acquired by companies abroad who want to save on energy waste, is also being applied by GO and many of its customers, who are already enjoying substantial reductions in energy waste and, therefore, significant cost savings.
GO has placed environmental sustainability as one of its key strategic pillars supporting its goal of driving a digital Malta where no one is left behind. In 2020, GO created GO Green, an initiative that brings together all of GO’s efforts to reduce emissions, become more environmentally friendly and operate more sustainably.
One of the most significant initiatives undertaken by GO is an ongoing exercise to extend the life of customer equipment, resulting not only in financial savings, but more importantly in CO2 emissions savings. It is estimated that in the first half of this year, GO has already saved more than 200 tons of CO2 thanks to this initiative.
This coming week, starting September 20, marks European Sustainable Development Week. The Department of Environment, Energy and Business has launched the Malta Sustainable Action Days 2022 which GO is taking part in, through various initiatives organized to be part of the change for a better planet.
“Environmental sustainability must be at the top of everyone’s agenda, from large corporations to small businesses to the individual household. Small actions taken by as many people as possible will go a long way towards reversing the effect of climate change over time,” said Ingrid Azzopardi, Group Internal Auditor at GO.
“One of our main environmental initiatives is the recently announced investment of 20 million euros in our new headquarters in Żejtun, which will be covered with photovoltaic panels in order to generate as much solar energy as possible,” said Ms. Azzopardi.
Ms. Azzopardi explained how a number of initiatives undertaken by GO throughout the current year show GO’s determined contribution to the achievement of some of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including zero poverty. , zero hunger, good health and well-being and quality education.
GO’s digitization exercise has also contributed significantly to a reduction in the use of with over a ton of paper saved each year.
Working to make a company sustainable remains an ongoing exercise. Increased awareness of the importance of sustainability is key to driving the desired action for change.
In this regard, a major training initiative organized by the GO Learning Academy as part of its GO Green initiative was attended by 87% of GO employees, including members of GO COMEX and the GO Board of Directors. the society. This training has led to a set of important commitments that GO will implement across multiple work teams with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions across all of the organization’s operations.
Throughout 2022, GO also hosted a number of climate change and sustainability awareness activities, including a “Vegan Day” to mark Earth Day on April 22, during which employees were treated to vegan burgers and vegan treats. GO’s volunteer organization, GO Cares also held an underwater cleanup on the last Saturday in May with a large dumpster of trash picked up.
More recently, GO employees commemorated International Charity Day by hosting a fundraiser to collect used clothing as well as food for the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation and animal needs for our four-legged friends. Such initiatives encourage employees to actively participate in the circular economy and leave a more positive impact on society in general.
“GO is also very active on the Sustainable Development Goal related to industry, innovation and infrastructure, where significant investments have been made in rolling out fiber across the country, as well as in the deployment of the 5G network. We cannot change what we cannot measure, in order to achieve the sustainable development goal on climate action, we rigorously measure our emissions. This will help us to continue to shape our sustainability strategy based on initiatives to reduce, replace and transform,” added Ms. Azzopardi.
“As an organization that constantly strives to improve every day, GO aspires to be a market leader through more sustainable operations. That’s why we have placed our environmental commitment high on our agenda. being one of the founding members of Malta ESG Alliance means that with like-minded companies, we can collectively work towards action for greater impact,” concluded Ingrid Azzopardi.