In Estonia, Telia and public energy Company Eesti Energia have signed a large-scale renewable electricity agreement, in which the energy company will supply 156 GWh of renewable wind electricity to Telia over five years, starting end of 2022. This volume covers 70 percent of the power needs of Telia's fixed and mobile network, server rooms, control center and offices in Estonia.
After signing a Power Purchase Agreement with Danish Better Energy earlier this month, this is the second major PPA Telia has entered into. The agreements constitute long-term commitments in securing future access to renewable electricity and to contribute to the production of renewable wind and solar energy in its Nordic and Baltic footprint.
The journey to create a climate-neutral value chain
In 2020, Telia reached 100 percent renewable electricity use across its footprint, to power its network infrastructure, data centers and other sites. This was done through Guarantee of Origin certificates, which labels electricity from renewable sources to provide information on the source of the energy. In Sweden, the shift to only renewable electricity took place already in 2007. These steps have constituted important milestones on Telia’s journey to create a climate-neutral value chain by 2030. The shift to renewable electricity has contributed to a 78 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the company’s own operations, compared to 2018.
During 2021, Telia had a total electricity consumption of approximately 1 TWh in its own operations, all markets included. This represents 93 percent of the total purchased energy, while the remaining share is used for heating, cooling, vehicle fuels and backup power. Telia’s strategy to manage its energy consumption, climate impacts and costs consist of several parts, including increasing energy efficiency through new network hardware and power saving features, managing power consumption through decommissioning legacy networks and modernizing sites.