To reduce the environmental impact of its mobile network operations, Globe deployed more than 7,400 green network solutions such as fuel cell systems, direct current generators, lithium ion batteries, and free cooling systems.
“We continue to engage partners in implementing renewable energy solutions such as solar panels and fuel cells within our operations. These will further shift Globe’s energy reliance towards renewable sources, further decarbonizing our operations,” said Ernest L. Cu, president and CEO of Globe.
” In support of the Race To Zero global campaign, Globe continues to innovate and collaborate with partners to integrate sustainability and champion energy efficiency throughout the entire organization,” he added.
Globe said energy and emission data are monitored on a monthly basis, while data validation is conducted on a quarterly basis.
As of 2020, there were 203 fuel cell systems, 6,467 lithium ion batteries, 212 direct current generators, 60 DC-hybrid generators and 538 free cooling systems deployed across Globe’s network nationwide.
Fuel cell systems produce less emissions compared to traditional generator sets and operate silently, thereby reducing noise pollution in surrounding areas.
Globe started deploying fuel cell systems in 2014 as a green solution alternative to diesel generator sets that provide backup power to cell sites.
Deployment of lithium ion batteries aim to replace lead-acid batteries used in powering cell sites. This green solution is more heat-resistant, has a faster charging time, and has an operational life that is ten times longer than traditional lead-acid batteries. This translates to less waste generated over time while maintaining a more efficient back-up power system.
The DC generators and DC-hybrid generators will reduce fuel consumption and provide a more cost-efficient solution for open field sites.
By 2030, Globe will upgrade infrastructure and retrofit its industries to make them sustainable with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally-sound technologies resulting in 30% reduction of CO2 emission intensity based on 2017 levels.