Working in partnership with the Carbon Trust to measure the life-cycle carbon emissions of its flagship consumer products, engaging suppliers in carbon reduction and helping reduce the footprint of the communication services sector
BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, delivering fixed-line, broadband, networked IT, mobile and TV products and services to businesses and consumers in the UK and more than 170 countries worldwide.
From systems that manage the energy use in buildings to video conferencing that helps reduce the need for air travel, communication technology can be used to reduce the pressure on resources and cut carbon emissions.
Proud as we are of our own record, doing less environmental damage is no longer enough. At BT we are moving beyond simply making our own business more resource efficient, to really showing how our communication technology products, services, and expertise can create a better future for our customers, suppliers, and our planet
BT’s Net Good programme, launched in June 2013, demonstrates its sustainability leadership and shows the company’s pioneering commitment to carbon abatement. Through its Net Good project, BT aims to use its products and people to help society live within the limits of the planet’s resources – with the 2020 goal of helping customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times the end-to-end carbon impact of its own operations. At the same time, BT is targeting an 80% reduction in the carbon intensity of its global business per unit turnover by continuing to work on improving the sustainability of its own operations and extending the influence to its supply chain.
Working in partnership with the Carbon Trust, BT has:
BT is one of only a handful of companies globally to have measured and reported its full GHG Protocol Scope 3 emissions against all 15 categories that detail emissions both upstream (e.g. from purchased inputs) and downstream (e.g. distribution to the point of sale). Measuring full life-cycle carbon emissions in three of its flagship consumer products has informed BT and helped the company reduce impacts in successive models. For example, the BT Home Hub 5 has VDSL capability integrated into the unit avoiding the need for a separate modem, dual wireless technology improving short range transmission, and intelligent power management technology including a power save mode when not in use. Altogether these changes are expected to reduce power consumption by 30%, saving 13,000tCO2/year.
BT has also:
BT’s focus on being a responsible and sustainable business leader has seen a 44% reduction in operational emissions and a 15% reduction in supply chain emissions, along with a 40% reduction in waste to landfill since 2011. At the same time, BT has decreased operating costs by 14% and boosted EBITDA by 6% - building a strong investment in the company’s future and that of the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure.
Read more about our work with BT and other leading companies in our report: Opportunities in a resource constrained world: How business is rising to the challenge