CenturyLink plans to reduce carbon exhaust by 20% by 2024

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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has set some ambitious goals to cut its carbon footprint with a target to reduce its direct (exhaust) by 20 percent by 2024 and indirect (electricity) by terabyte of throughput by 25 percent by the year 2024.

Parts of its carbon reduction drive will come in its data center and video services operations.

The service provider has installed Bloom Energy fuel cells that it says will generate up to 500 kilowatts of clean, reliable power for one of CenturyLink's California data centers. It also received the Certified Energy Efficient Data Center Silver Award for the CenturyLink Technology Services LO3 London Docklands data center.

On the consumer side, it is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star 3.0's Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement.

Already, its efforts are paying off. In 2013, the telco said that its recycling sites collected and recycled more than 3.5 million pounds of paper in 2013.

The telco is hardly alone in striving to be more environmentally friendly.

Like CenturyLink, Verizon also installed Bloom Energy fuel cell systems at three facilities in California last June. By installing these fuel cells at two call-switching centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a data center in San Jose, the telco expects to generate more than 16 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity in the state each year.

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