Orange's Hervé Suquet reinforces the importance of producing sustainable goods and services while limiting consumption and waste

We had the opportunity to learn about Orange's mission of becoming net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 through this interview with Hervé Suquet, VP Energy Group at Orange. Read on to find out Orange's key objectives towards sustainability and their AI-powered analytics and monitoring tools to help businesses drive change towards increased sustainability.


The growing needs of energy efficiency and sustainability need to ensure that all players involved in the end-to-end service delivery focuses on it, and deliver needed progress.

MEDIA 7: You are on a mission to drive Orange to become net-zero carbon by 2040. Could you please tell us a little bit about the strategy you have in place towards this goal?
HERVÉ SUQUET:
Orange, as a trusted partner, gives everyone the keys to a responsible digital world. While technology can help combat global warming, particularly by reducing travel, we’re still making every effort to reduce our own carbon footprint. Indeed, we’ve committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years earlier than the objectives set by the rest of the sector, in line with our original ambitions stated in 2015 during the Paris Agreement on climate change.

To achieve this goal, we are following a strict energy efficiency policy, increasing our consumption of renewable energies, developing our circular economy and investing in carbon capture solutions to reduce our residual emissions. Therefore, we have defined an ambitious roadmap, in conformity with best practices, with the first step in 2025. The 2025 objectives have been validated for scopes 1, 2 and 3 by the SBTi initiative (Science Based Targets initiative), which is the international scientific expert in the evaluation of companies’ climate targets.

Energy is one of the key elements to master to achieve this roadmap, and Orange has set up a global program to ensure it will be met. This program is articulated around a simple driver: less energy usage, less cost, and less CO2. It is supported by an appropriate governance model, an Energy dashboard, and a full catalog of actions, best practices, and recommendations to implement. Full support of the whole ecosystem will also be key for enabling our industry to succeed in this climate challenge, including for example our suppliers with eco-design, energy efficiency run mode (zero energy for zero traffic), Towerco, and ESCO commitment toward green energy, etc.


M7: Leading the Orange Group Energy Efficiency program, what is top on your list that you want to achieve this year?
HS:
For Orange, improving our Energy Efficiency is a continuous and never-ending story, combining short, mid, and long-term actions, building on both one-shot and recurring levers. As an example of long-term actions, Orange is strongly involved in the normalization process to ensure the Energy efficiency of all our equipment, targeting the zero traffic / zero consumption rule. As an example of recurring actions, each of our data-center needs to be permanently monitored and managed to ensure its operation are rightly tuned for the best energy efficiency, taking into account the evolution of the equipment hosted, their effective load, the external climate evolution, etc.

Regarding more specifically 2022 key objectives, we will continue to accelerate on our ambition to secure a better and bigger part of green energy sourcing, thanks to cPPA (Solar/Wind), solar farms projects, solar as a service project for on-site consumption (data centers, office buildings, RAN sites). In parallel, we will further progress on better mastering the cost of energy sourcing, especially in Europe where we must face, and can work with, a more complex and more efficient energy market.


The above actions will need to be supported by further efforts in technical energy efficiency, and efficiency that we can benchmark across operations thanks to the two key selected KPIs that is the per country RAN kWh/Gb and per data-centers PUE. All this will be supported by continuous improvement in our reporting and analysis capability around energy usage and cost, with more specific efforts put on our capability to better forecast future needs (MWh), cost, and carbon footprint, including expected improvement from our various action plan.

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It’s only by working together that we will achieve our common objectives to reduce carbon footprint and master our cost.



M7: What is your approach towards building and implementing a strategy while ensuring the best cash usage and ROI?
HS:
As for all our operations, new projects need to be analyzed combining both the expected strategic outputs and the planned ROI. From a Telecommunication point of view, on Energy domain, this translates into two key dimensions: Dedicated Energy investment tend to have a longer ROI than our core Telco investment, hence the importance of partnering with Energy specialist with whom we can build long-term As-A-Service contracts is a win/win approach. Case by case analysis is made to decide, per project or portion of a project, which model (Capex vs As-A-Service) will be the more efficient. Energy usage, both from a cost and Carbon impact, is not only our direct responsibility, but also strongly in hands of our more global ecosystem, including ESCO, TowerCo, RAN Sharing JV, and main Telco suppliers. It’s only by working together that we will achieve our common objectives to reduce Carbon footprint and master our cost.


M7: What are some of the different ways Orange promotes the principles of the circular economy?
HS:
From eco-design to collecting, reconditioning, repairing, recycling, and increasing the overall lifespan of products: these are some of the key principles behind the circular economy. The objective is to produce sustainable goods and services while limiting our consumption and waste and thereby break away from the traditional linear economy (extract, manufacture, consume, dispose). We’re committed to ensuring 100% of our Orange-branded products are eco-designed by 2025. In addition, one of the main goals of the transformation from a linear economy to a circular economy is to massively reduce the CO2 consumption given that Scope 3 (undirect emission of the Green House Gas Protocol) reaches over 80% of the total.

A circular economy program (OSCAR) has been launched in Orange, enabling us to strongly support our 2040 carbon-neutral objective, and including several sub-projects such as:

  • Modifying OEMs behavior (negotiations) to push them to provide Orange with second end products.
  • Implement ‘’green’’ criteria to select suppliers in our RFPs.
  • Implement a marketplace to ease the exchange of unused equipment within Orange.
  • Implement a decommissioning plan to provide a global overview of available equipment to all Orange Affiliates.

Orange is also strongly implicated in ongoing work with GSMA and more than 20 Telcos to influence the telecom ecosystem evolution to support the circular economy to keep current equipment in use longer, enhance/increase infrastructure sharing, develop awareness on the circular economy, give refurbished the same presence as new in business proposals, improve the regulatory ecosystem in favor of circular operations in the telco sector, define energy reduction cap for IT&N equipment.

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Changing handsets every 3 years instead of 2, and bringing back old ones for recycling will indeed mare a strong difference in the overall domain carbon footprint.



M7: What are Orange’s AI-powered analytics and monitoring tools called Energy Big Data?
HS:
Orange has developed a set of AI-powered analytics and monitoring tools based on Energy Big Data. The underlying principle behind these tools are:

  • To track and monitor all energy usage on all consumption points.
  • To build a per system energy usage model enabling to forecast energy usage based on business drivers.
  • To register and analyze all energy invoices/costs.
  • To synergize the above three components into a complete forecast/analyze/detect anomalies quality loop.
  • To proactively drive Data-centers energy & cooling systems to ensure the best tuning and operational performance.
  • To proactively drive RAN set-up to deliver the best service performance/energy usage equation.


M7: How are the growing needs of efficiency and sustainability driving shifts in the telecommunications industry?
HS:
As you have understood, I have already started to answer this question through my answers to the previous questions as the growing needs of energy efficiency and sustainability need to ensure that all players involved in the end-to-end service delivery focuses on it, and deliver needed progress. This is obviously, true for Telco gear and IT suppliers, both for the CO2 footprint linked to the equipment manufacturing and installation and for their usage energy efficiency.

But, it’s also an effort to be made for the various suppliers leveraging our Telco services, including for example OTT that are responsible for the rightsizing of the data flow and usage that they are generating. Last but not the least, it must encompass the whole ecosystem, including our customers, for example changing handsets every 3 years instead of 2, and bringing back old ones for recycling will indeed mare a strong difference in the overall domain carbon footprint.

ABOUT ORANGE

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 137,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2021, including 79,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 266 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2021, including 222 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new "Engage 2025" strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions. Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

Their purpose: As a trusted partner, Orange gives everyone the keys to a responsible digital world. Their mission is to ensure that digital services are well thought-out, made available and used in a more caring, inclusive, and sustainable way in all areas of our business. Orange does everything in its power to ensure people and organizations enjoy a more autonomous, secure digital life. Through the engagement and expertise of the Group’s teams, Orange employs innovative technologies and services everywhere, and for everyone. For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, Orange News_ mobile app, www.orange-business.com or to follow them on Twitter: @orangegrouppr and @orange.

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Additional details and event registration is at www.qlikconnect.com</p> <p> &ldquo;I am excited to join Qlik&rsquo;s AI Council and work with some of the greatest minds in AI to optimize how businesses around the world use data,&rdquo; said Rumman Chowdhury, member of Qlik&rsquo;s AI Council. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve reached an inflection point where innovations like generative AI are impacting the world as the internet did. This is not the time for complacency. &lsquo;Adopting AI&rsquo; is not as simple as some suggest, but getting left behind is a risky game. By taking responsible steps, organizations can enter an era of unprecedented innovation &ndash; I look forward to being able to contribute to this evolution.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;In working at JBS USA, I recognize the significance of Qlik&#39;s advancements in AI, embodying a responsible and pragmatic approach to enterprise AI development,&rdquo; said Stephanie Robinson, IT Business Intelligence Manager at JBS. &ldquo;Qlik&#39;s dedication to enhancing AI applications aligns with our focus on employing technology to drive substantial business outcomes. We value Qlik&#39;s commitment to ethical AI practices and are optimistic about the beneficial impact this will have on the industry.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>About Qlik</strong><br /> Qlik converts complex data landscapes into actionable insights, driving strategic business outcomes. Serving over 40,000 global customers, our portfolio leverages advanced, enterprise-grade AI/ML and pervasive data quality. We excel in data integration and governance, offering comprehensive solutions that work with diverse data sources. Intuitive analytics from Qlik uncover hidden patterns, empowering teams to address complex challenges and seize new opportunities. Our AI/ML tools, both practical and scalable, lead to better decisions, faster. As strategic partners, our platform-agnostic technology and expertise make our customers more competitive.</p> <p> 2024 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.</p> <p> The development, release and timing of any product or functionality described herein remain at the sole discretion of Qlik and should not be relied upon in making a purchasing decision.</p>

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LambdaTest Integrates with New Relic to Deliver Unmatched Test Observability

LambdaTest | January 09, 2024

LambdaTest, a leading cloud-based unified testing platform, announced an integration with New Relic, the all-in-one observability platform for every engineer, to help bridge the gap between testing and performance monitoring. This integration empowers software engineering, quality assurance, and DevOps teams to visualize and understand their digital experience testing metrics in real-time by providing a single view of their LambdaTest results alongside performance insights from across the entire software stack—all within the New Relic observability platform. With the ability to optimize and monitor automated test execution results, technical teams gain deeper insights into automation scripts that enable them to deliver high-quality products at an accelerated pace. Every modern business is encountering challenges as digital ecosystems become increasingly complex, large, and distributed. At the same time, without a unified platform, software teams and testers have limited visibility into automation script performance, which can lead to collaboration silos, inefficient resource utilization, and slower incident identification and response times. To address the need for observability in test execution data and analytics, this integration arms engineering teams with actionable insights to efficiently address automation script issues, reduce testing bottlenecks, and optimize software performance. This allows organizations to ensure fast and reliable application delivery, so they can produce better digital experiences for their customers—before it impacts their bottom line. The LambdaTest and New Relic integration allow users to: Proactively improve digital experiences with a pre-built, curated New Relic dashboard to monitor key metrics such as test executions, durations, failure rates, and errors. Accelerate troubleshooting with deeper insights into test failures, anomalies, and environments where errors occurred. Build better cross-platform experiences by gaining insights on website and application compatibility and functionality across thousands of different browsers and devices. “In our digital-first world, poor user experiences are more than just an annoyance—they have the power to cause significant loss in revenue,” said Manav Khurana, Chief Product Officer at New Relic. "With the LambdaTest integration for New Relic, we’re combining the power to automate digital experience testing with our unified telemetry and all-in-one observability platform—so organizations can optimize their digital experiences, without needing multiple tools to monitor the rest of their software stack.” Mayank Bhola, Co-Founder and Head of Product at LambdaTest stated, "This integration is not just a technical enhancement but a strategic move towards empowering businesses with data-driven decision-making. The combined strength of LambdaTest and New Relic ensures that businesses can deliver high-quality software at a faster pace, ultimately contributing to their bottom line." This integration is now available to all LambdaTest users and all New Relic full platform users at no additional cost. To get started, check out the LambdaTest quickstart integration for New Relic. About LambdaTest LambdaTest is an intelligent and omnichannel enterprise execution environment that helps businesses drastically reduce time to market through Just in Time Test Orchestration (JITTO), ensuring quality releases and accelerated digital transformation. Over 10,000+ enterprise customers and 2+ million users across 130+ countries rely on LambdaTest for their testing needs.

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