TWC’s Commitment to the Environment


Issue Brief: Environment

Our issue briefs provide a summary of key 2013-2014 highlights and data that demonstrate our approach to different areas of corporate social responsibility.


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.

TWC focuses Go Green efforts on reducing its carbon intensity. In March 2015, TWC announced it achieved a 38 percent carbon intensity reduction, surpassing the 15 percent two-year goal set in 2012. Carrying that momentum forward, we set a new goal to reduce carbon intensity by 30 percent during 2015-2016. TWC measures all three emissions scopes laid out by Greenhouse Gas (GHG) protocol, a widely used international accounting tool to manage greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015-2016 goal includes an emphasis on:

  • investing in fuel-efficient vehicles
  • reducing cooling power consumption
  • pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) elements in all new buildings
  • seeking renewable energy opportunities


Recent Successes

Through the company’s Go Green initiative, here are some examples of how we have reduced our impact over the past year on environmental issues:

  • Added more than 400 diesel Ford Transit vans and 200 Transit Connect vans to its fleet in recent years. The Transit vans achieved an estimated 47 percent improvement in fuel economy.
  • Replaced over 540 of our legacy vans with the Ford F-150, which is up to 700 pounds lighter than previous F-150 trucks – resulting in greater towing and payload capacities, an improved power-to-weight ratio, and better performance and fuel efficiency. The F-150 is equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine with standard Auto Start-Stop Technology, the F-150 4x2 has a best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary). The 2.7-liter EcoBoost enables an estimated 29 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with the 5.0L V8 engine.
  • Received accreditation from the NAFA Fleet Management Association as a NAFA Sustainable Fleet for successfully demonstrating the progress made toward reducing total emissions and the negative environmental impact made by extraneous carbon fuel usage.
  • Installed a 500kw solar photovoltaic system on the roof of our National Data Center East in Charlotte, NC.
  • Met industry benchmark for green design, achieving Gold LEED Certification for the National Data Center West in Peakview, CO, and Silver LEED Certification for the Charlotte National Data Center East in Charlotte, NC, as well as the Charlotte office and Herndon, VA, 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. Employees across the company have established 20 Green Teams.  


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.