Telecommunications companies have a relatively small environmental footprint compared to other sectors. However, given its size and its awareness of its responsibilities, Telef├│nica is committed to increasing the efficiency of its resource utilisation and reducing its environmental impact.
The main environmental issues for the Company are energy efficiency and waste management. It also pays particular attention to noise pollution and the visual and environmental impact of its infrastructure, which to a large degree is dependent on its location.
In order to minimise our footprints, Telef├│nica Group companies have incorporated the environmental control and prevention best practices detailed in Telef├│nica's Environmental Management System into their operations. This global System is based on ISO 14001, and is particularly relevant in those countries where environmental legislation is not adequate.
To date, over 65% of our operations have had their Environmental Management Systems certified by external bodies.
Telef├│nica's initiatives in this area involve its telecommunications infrastructure - during its development, operation, maintenance and dismantling - and its offices. The fundamental idea is that environmental aspects should always be considered in just the same way as technological and economic aspects of activity are considered.