April 5th 2022
NOS OFFSETS ITS EMISSIONS BY REFORESTING THE COUNTRY
As part of its climate change strategy, in 2021 NOS approved a plan for electrifying its entire fleet by 2030,
which will contribute significantly towards structurally reducing the direct emissions of the company.
Until the fleet has become 100% electric, NOS will voluntarily offset the unavoidable carbon emissions
that are created by its vehicle fleet.
The voluntary offset of emissions will happen via a tree planting project of forest areas in the districts of Fundão,
Mangualde, Meda and Pampilhosa da Serra, affected by fire, and will remove from the atmosphere a quantity of CO2 equivalent
to the direct emissions caused by the fuel consumption of the vehicle fleet, equal to around 3 thousand tons per year of CO2 (data relating to the year 2021).
Every year a calculation is made of the number of hectares of tree planting necessary to offset the emissions
from the travel by the NOS fleet of service and employee vehicles, using a mixed planting model of pine, oak, chestnut and
other species, and then using a period of 30 years for the CO2 to be sequestered after reforestation.
For example, the voluntary offset of around 3 thousand tons of emissions for the year 2021 is
equivalent to planting about 38 thousand trees in an area of approximately 23 hectares.
This reforestation project brings together carbon capture, biodiversity protection and natural resistance
to forest fires, by means of planting various native species that are more resistant to fire, while also
recovering waterlines and wildlife corridors, contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Objective number 15,
as well as principle number 8 of the UN Global Compact -
- “Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility”
Objetives and targets to reduce NOS’ energy consumption and emissions
It should be remembered that NOS has already committed to attain carbon neutrality for its own operations as from 2022,
using electricity generated by renewable sources only. At the same time, NOS is making its fleet 100% electric and
implementing a range of measures to structurally reduce the energy consumption and emissions of its network and data centers.
NOS also has a goal to reduce by 2030 its scope 1 and 2 emissions (emissions connected with its own operations) by 90%
compared to those of 2019. During the same period, the company also commits to reduce its scope 3 emissions
(emissions that occur upstream and downstream in the value chain) by 30%.
The targets agreed by NOS have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the international
organization that evaluates and approves reduction targets in the business sector, and are in line with the trajectory
for emission reductions, defined by climate science as necessary to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5º C,
the primary goal of the Paris Agreement.