Managing our environmental impact is an essential element of our value proposition to our tenants and our commitment to sustainability. By deploying the latest renewable energy technologies and advanced battery storage systems and reducing energy usage as much as practicable, we can offer our tenants a more stable, resilient and efficient platform for their equipment’s power requirements. In addition, with approximately 219,000 sites worldwide, we are committed to expanding connectivity in a sustainable manner by working with our local communities to ensure protection of our surrounding land and ecosystems.

Diesel Reduction

Progress made to date toward our long-term energy reduction goal has been the result of focused and strategic efforts in our international markets. Each of our sites is evaluated on an independent basis to determine the best applicable solution to drive down diesel usage. Due to advances in battery and renewable technology, we have been able to achieve significantly greater efficiencies through the mass replacement of lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion batteries and broader utilization of solar power sources. For solar energy, nine of our markets have plans to or are already pursuing additional solar energy generation projects. We have set a global goal of increasing the number of solar assist sites to 5,000, representing 20 MW of installed capacity by the end of 2022. In addition, we are partnering with research universities in the U.S. to develop commercial renewable energy solutions to be applied to our tower sites.

Energy Usage

In 2017, we established a goal of reducing our Scope 1 fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

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in Africa and India by more than 60%

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or 140 MILLION liters of diesel annually by 2027

Green @ American Tower Initiative

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While our targeted diesel reduction program is our most impactful use of resources and efforts in sustainable operations, we also sponsor other programs focused on reducing, reusing and recycling under our companywide Green @ American Tower initiative. We believe that weaving sustainability into our culture is essential to our success and this starts where employees work every day. We do this by investing in renewables and other energy efficiencies in our offices around the world. For example, in the U.S., we installed over 1,700 solar panels on the roof of our U.S. Tower division headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts, offsetting approximately 16 percent of the building’s usage annually.

Land Stewardship

Preserving the environment around our sites and viewing our business with a life-cycle perspective is an important part of our commitment to responsible and environmentally conscious operations. Whether we are planning, constructing, operating or decommissioning a site, compliance with all applicable environmental rules and regulations is not negotiable. These efforts are guided by local site development and land management teams. Before any site construction happens, we take the time to assess the local ecosystems to determine what is appropriate for the site and to develop any necessary impact mitigation plans. While regulations and standards for these studies vary across the world, American Tower is committed to compliance with all jurisdictional laws and requirements, with dedicated teams in place to deliver that commitment.

Our shared infrastructure business model allows us to minimize our impact on the environment, as fewer communications sites need to be built. We further seek to minimize our impact on local ecosystems wherever possible. To protect wildlife on land we endeavor to operate a comprehensive program to ensure the protection of migratory birds, including threatened or endangered species nesting on our towers.

Million Trees Initiative

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In 2018, we announced our commitment to planting one million trees across the United States over the next decade. Our Million Trees initiative is a new and creative approach to philanthropic giving that helps support our mission to connect to the communities where our teams live and work. To implement this program, we are partnering with American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization. Thus far, American Tower and American Forests have planted 200,000 trees. We are proud to be taking steps to make a positive impact on our environment and leaving a tangible legacy that will benefit our communities into the next century.

Community Involvement

Another important aspect of sustainable design is active involvement in the communities where we operate. In 2018, we conducted almost 700 community forums globally. These meetings are a valuable community resource for education and for the discussion of any environmental questions, and we are committed to being as responsive as possible to community members through a variety of channels.



Wireless infrastructure to enable a connected world.

Founded in 1995, American Tower, one of the largest global Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, with a portfolio of over 160,000 communications sites, including approximately 40,000 towers in the United States and more than 109,000 towers internationally.

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