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 two-year goal of 15 percent set in 2012. Carrying that momentum forward, we set a new goal to reduce carbon intensity by 30 percent during 2015-2016, with 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.
Go Green Success – Fleet Overhaul
Here are some examples of how we have reduced our environmental impact over the past year by overhauling our fleet of vehicles:
- Added more than 400 diesel Ford Transit vans and 200 Transit Connect vans to our fleet, which resulted in an estimated 47 percent improvement in fuel economy.
- Replaced more than 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, better performance and fuel efficiency.
- 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.
Go Green Success – Solar Energy & LEED Buildings
Here are examples of how we have reduced our environmental impact over the past year by investing in solar power:
- Installed a 500kw solar photovoltaic system on the roof of our National Data Center East in Charlotte, NC.
- Achieved Gold LEED Certification for the National Data Center West in Peakview, CO, and Silver LEED Certification for the Charlotte National Data Center East, the Charlotte office and Herndon, VA, Dulles View office.
Employee Green Teams
TWC’s employees recognize the importance of environmental issues and have established 21 Green Teams across the company. 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.
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.
Energy-Efficient Internet Equipment
In June 2015, Internet service providers including Time Warner Cable and other major equipment manufacturers joined the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to announce a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment (collectively known as small network equipment, or SNE) that deliver broadband to millions of American consumers. This new agreement, which will run through 2017 and targets roughly 80 million U.S. broadband households, is expected to help reduce energy consumed in SNE devices by 10 to 20 percent compared to current models.