BT Group PLC is a UK-based telecommunications company that operates in over 50 countries and provides products and services in 170. The core of its business is in the provision of communications infrastructure and services, including telephone lines and calls, broadband, mobile and TV products and services as well as managed networked IT services.
Within the UK, BT is a leading provider of communications services and products to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and the public sector and BT’s Openreach is involved with the UK Government’s planned roll-out of super-fast broadband. BT Global Services provides managed networked IT services to multinational corporations, businesses and government organizations.
BT has attracted much praise for placing sustainability at the heart of its business model. It believes that by doing so it will be better able to provide long-term profitability for its shareholders in a changing world. BT currently consumes 0.7% of the UK’s electricity and is one of the top ten users in the UK, but since 2004, all of this electricity has come from renewable sources.
The group is specifically committed to contributing positively to society, the economy and the environment through its operations, its employees and its services, and is consistently awarded gold sector status in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
The group’s global climate strategy includes reducing the impact of the group’s operations, empowering its customers to reduce their impacts by offering innovative products and services, influencing suppliers to provide more energy efficient products and services, and encouraging employees to reduce their carbon footprint at home and at work.
BT has reduced its carbon footprint in the UK by 59% since 1996. It is now committed to achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 intensity in their worldwide business by 2020. In total, BT's environmental programs have saved it £365 million.
BT set its first carbon reduction target in 1992, and since 2004 has purchased all of its energy from sustainable sources. It is a leading member of the CBI’s Climate Change Board which is helping tranform the UK into a low carbon economy.
In 2010 it was recognized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the first company to reduce employee flights by 20% in one year. BT is also one of the six sustainability partners involved in the planning of the London 2012 Olympics, taking the opportunity, “to inspire and support people to change the way they build, live, learn, work and travel to create a more sustainable society”.
Through its Build a Sustainable Organisation program, BT's portfolio of solutions and services has been specifically developed to help other companies build a sustainable organization - saving energy, reducing travel burdens, and deploying workforces more flexibly. Through intelligent use of information and communications technologies (ICT), BT shows others how to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions while delivering a host of other benefits.
Renewable energy projects
BT Wind for Change is the UK’s biggest corporate wind power project outside the energy sector. Seven sites around the UK have been granted planning permission for the project, and BT aims to produce 250 megawatts of renewable electricity for itself by 2016 (around 25% of its current needs).
BT has also worked with Solar Power Partners to build a solar energy system to power the North American headquarters in El Segundo, California. The system has been in successful operation since 2010 and is one of the biggest urban solar installations in the state. And in London, BT won planning permission in 2011 to build the city’s largest rooftop solar power installation, the first of many planned for BT sites around the UK.
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