Environment
Living More Sustainably

We are focused on reducing our carbon footprint through making changes to the way we operate. From the basic approach of encouraging recycling and waste reduction in the places we work, through to using renewable energy and improving the efficiency of our buildings and data centres.

Our online mobile phone recycling scheme Three Recycle, enables anyone to recycle their old handset. We guarantee that no component of the old phone goes to landfill, and the bonus is that participants can receive cash back. For every handset recycled Three also makes a donation to our Charity Partner, Virtual Community College.

Three is a member of WEEE Ireland a non-profit organisation set up to finance the treatment & recycling of waste electronic & electrical equipment.

Beyond SIM only plans, paperless billing and device recycling, we are currently developing more opportunities for our customers to make more sustainable choice with us – more details will follow here soon!

Health
Committed to the highest scientific and safety standards

At Three, we take health and safety very seriously and we are committed to the highest scientific and safety standards in all our operations. We design and operate all of our sites to comply with best international practice in Mobile Telecommunications and with all applicable national and international standards. The International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has developed international guidelines for Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation exposure which set out the safe operating limits for radio wave transmissions. These limits have been assessed and endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by the European Commission’s 2015 report from their Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. The WHO has stated in its EMF Fact Sheet that “no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use” while the European Commission has stated that “EMF does not represent a health risk if the exposure remains below the existing limits”.

As part of our licence requirements we are required to operate our network within safe limits. These requirements are audited and regulated by the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg and the results of site inspections can be viewed on www.comreg.ie.

In 2006, the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources established an expert group to review all relevant research in relation to the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). The Report examined a wide range of issues in relation to potential health effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), including those produced by mobile telecommunications. The report answers many questions commonly raised by the public in relation to the health effects of electromagnetic fields.

They concluded that: "no adverse short or long-term health effects have been found from exposure to the radiofrequency (RF) signals produced by mobile phones and base station transmitters."

Read the Report
The ICIA’s EMF 10 Commitments

As a member of the Irish Cellular Industry Association we have developed the ’10 Commitments’ which aim to provide more transparency in building mobile phone network and provide more information to the public and local planners in the citing of radio base stations.

Read the ICIA’s 10 Commitments

The ICIA ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document addresses some of the common areas of the internet for the general public regarding Mobile Phones, Base Stations and Electromagnetic Fields.

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