October 02, 2008

Sprint to Be Recognized as "GHG Reduction Goal Setter" During Oct. 6-Oct. 8 EPA Climate Leaders Conference

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct 02, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE: S) is announcing an ambitious goal to reduce its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15 percent by 2017, along with a set of environmental priorities, as part of its expanded environmental program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize Sprint as a "GHG Reduction Goal Setter" during the 2008 Climate Leaders Conference Oct. 6-Oct. 8 in Chicago.

Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to the EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders. Sprint became the first and only wireless telecom company in this partnership when it joined the EPA Climate Leaders Program in 2007.

"Sprint has a strong commitment to the environment, and we are therefore proud to participate in the EPA Climate Leaders Program," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "Our goal to decrease Sprint’s total greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2017, along with the other targets that we are announcing as part of our robust environmental program, reflect that commitment. These targets help demonstrate Sprint’s environmental leadership by clearly articulating what Sprint is doing to help meet today’s environmental challenges."

Sprint’s efforts to further reduce its GHG emissions will be two-fold: Reducing overall energy demand, and increasing the use of renewable energy by having at least 10 percent of the company’s energy come from renewable sources by 2017. Efforts are already underway to achieve these goals: In addition to using and experimenting with renewable energy in its networks, approximately 75 percent of the power for Sprint’s 200-acre Overland Park, Kan., campus is sourced from a Spearville, Kan., wind farm.

Sprint’s environmental program

Sprint’s GHG reduction target is just one element of its ongoing environmental program. Sprint takes its corporate social responsibility seriously, and has established six environmental priorities:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Minimize waste and reduce use of natural resources
  • Promote an environmentally-sound supply chain
  • Reduce the environmental impact of Sprint products and services
  • Promote and support environmental stewardship by Sprint employees
  • Continue to comply with environmental regulations

Sprint has adopted robust measures and goals to support each of these priorities, which together compose Sprint’s environmental sustainability program. In addition to its GHG-reduction goal, these 10-year goals include increasing its wireless recycling take-back rates to 90 percent and increasing supplier compliance with Sprint’s environmental requirements to 90 percent.

"Sprint and its environmental commitments are here for the long term," said Ralph Reid, Sprint vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility. "Our company is much more than the products and services it sells. The effect a company has on the environment, the people and the communities it serves reflects its dedication to being not only a great business -- but to being a great corporate citizen."

Greening Sprint’s network

One of the key areas which Sprint will be targeting to reduce GHG emissions is through its mobile networks and the energy associated with operating them. Sprint has already taken significant steps to reduce its energy use and to incorporate alternative energy sources. It will be taking these efforts further, both by moving forward with steps to achieve its GHG reduction target and by examining all network design and procurement processes, to ensure energy use and environmental impact are key considerations.

Sprint is currently a leader in hydrogen fuel cell deployment within the U.S. communications arena, with more than 250 hydrogen fuel cells in its core network -- and with more planned. In addition, Sprint’s XOHM network, launched in Baltimore in September, was designed to be green, relying on hydrogen fuel cells as the primary backup power source. Cleaner and quieter than traditional backup power sources, the only by-products of hydrogen fuel cells are emissions-free: water and heat.

Reducing e-waste

Sprint continues to lead in wireless recycling rates, and plans to significantly increase those rates through its two wireless recycling programs, Sprint Project Connect and Sprint Buyback. The company’s current recycling and reuse rate is about 16 percent. These two programs alone have already kept more than 13 million wireless phones out of the waste stream while generating more than $5 million in charitable contributions.

Sprint has committed to increase that rate to 90 percent of the devices it sells by 2017. It plans to expand these recycling programs and to increase its customers’ participation in phone take-back efforts. All wireless phones recycled are either refurbished and resold or recycled, with 100 percent of the net proceeds of Project Connect directed toward keeping kids safer online through Sprint’s 4NetSafetySM program -- www.4netsafety.com -- in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R), the NEA Health Information Network(R), and others. For more information, visit www.Sprint.com/recycle.

Sprint is also working toward expanding its "green" choices for its customers, both consumers and businesses. For example, the packaging for Sprint’s green Rumor(TM) by LG is the first device from Sprint and LG to use environmentally friendly packaging. The non-bleached, recyclable box is approximately 70 percent post-consumer content, and has an eco-friendly aqueous coating. Sprint will continue to offer a portfolio of products, services and packaging that allow its customers to make greener choices in their own lives and businesses.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint Nextel

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Lisa Zimmerman-Mott (913) 794-3661