Environmental Awareness and Sustainability

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is committed to raising environmental awareness, using fewer natural resources and generating less waste in our business through initiatives that we collectively call "Go Green". An Executive Steering Committee, chaired by our CEO Rob Marcus, and a Go Green Working Committee, made up of TWC leaders from across the company, guide this effort through the development of policies, programs and processes that focus on environmental sustainability and environmental issues.


Recent Successes

From the company’s Go Green efforts, we are on track to meet or exceed a 15% reduction in our total carbon intensity by the end of 2014. Here are some examples of how we have reduced our impact over the past year on environmental issues:

  • Saved 267 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) by recycling 100% of unused copper, 95% of cardboard and 75% of Styrofoam and packaging materials delivered to the National Center East (76.04 metric tons of copper, cardboard and wood pallets diverted from landfill in 2013).
  • Made Ford Fusion Hybrid the standard TWC passenger car, achieving a 33% increase in fuel efficiency and saving a future estimate of 30,000 gallons of gasoline and 210 tons of CO2e monthly.
  • Replaced 173 NYC vans with new Transit Connects (Ford service van), saving 553 gallons of fuel; $2,245 and 5.35 tons of carbon per month.
  • Achieved 9% efficiency for NDC2 Coudersport Cooling System (measured against Q4 2012 baseline for compressor run hours). As of September 2013, these efficiencies represented an average savings of $9,700 per month going forward and 1,592 metric tons of CO2e reduced since August 2012.
  • Met industry benchmark for green design, achieving Silver LEED Certification for the Charlotte National Data Center East, Charlotte Office, and Herndon Dulles View Office.


Employees Go Green

Additionally, TWC’s employees recognize the importance of environmental issues. They are involved in the company’s Go Green efforts through local employee Green Teams with a focus on increasing environmental awareness among employees, finding opportunities to improve operational efficiency, and promoting environmental sustainability in our communities. Team members are passionate and dedicated employees who volunteer their time to contribute to a more sustainable future, while advancing TWC’s position as a socially responsible company that cares about environmental issues.


Industry Partner on Set-Top Box Energy Conservation

To support an overall industry-wide commitment to improvement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) has joined with 14 other cable, satellite and telephone companies and vendors to put into effect a voluntary five-year Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement. This agreement, executed in late 2012, is expected to result in annual residential electricity savings across the Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) industry of $1.5 billion or more by the end of 2017.

Starting in 2014, TWC has committed to having at least 90 percent of all new set-top boxes deployed meet U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR 3.0 efficiency standards. We also have agreed to provide confidential data on Set-Top Box performance to an independent administrator who will aggregate and prepare auditable annual reports on the energy performance of new boxes. TWC will also use that data from these reports to track progress regarding reductions in energy, cost and emissions intensity and to communicate these savings back to customers. TWC has already achieved significant residential electricity savings through the deployment of light-sleep capabilities to DVRs that previously were deployed in our customers' homes.

You can read here about energy consumption values for the Set-Top Box models that have been purchased by TWC since January 1, 2014.